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    In recent times, the German word "schadenfreude" (i.e. taking pleasure in the misfortune of others) has come into more common use among English speakers. It is a very useful way of expressing a common emotion in one word, where English requires several. Indeed, given the magpie-like qualities of the English language in nicking words from other tongues, it is only a matter of time before it becomes a - de facto - English word.

    With this in mind, I'm wondering what other foreign words could be appropriated into the English language in the future. My own nomination is the Middle-Eastern Arabic word "wasta".

    Wasta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The closest equivalent of the use of wasta in Hiberno-English are the words "pull" or "stroke" - in the sense of using power, wealth or cronyism to have decisions go your way. For example, one could use one's wasta to have penalty points quashed or to have land rezoned for one's benefit. In my opinion, the word wasta would be particularly appropriate to the nature of Irish society and politics.

    Any other nominations for foreign words that should be incorporated into the English language?
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    We've had our fair share of hideous Americanisms, do they count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berchmans View Post
    In recent times, the German word "schadenfreude" (i.e. taking pleasure in the misfortune of others) has come into more common use among English speakers. It is a very useful way of expressing a common emotion in one word, where English requires several. Indeed, given the magpie-like qualities of the English language in nicking words from other tongues, it is only a matter of time before it becomes a - de facto - English word.

    With this in mind, I'm wondering what other foreign words could be appropriated into the English language in the future. My own nomination is the Middle-Eastern Arabic word "wasta".

    Wasta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The closest equivalent of the use of wasta in Hiberno-English are the words "pull" or "stroke" - in the sense of using power, wealth or cronyism to have decisions go your way. For example, one could use one's wasta to have penalty points quashed or to have land rezoned for one's benefit. In my opinion, the word wasta would be particularly appropriate to the nature of Irish society and politics.

    Any other nominations for foreign words that should be incorporated into the English language?
    There are tons of foreign words in English already! English speakers pretty good at coming up with their own words, however, unlikethe French who can't even come up with their own words for restaurant and entrepreneur.

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    From Filipino..

    "Gheegle"....the urge to pinch or squeeze something because it's so adorable and cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jack View Post
    We've had our fair share of hideous Americanisms, do they count?
    Like, totally.

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    Words that don't exist in any language, but I feel should exist in English:

    'Flavourite': An amalgamation of 'flavour' and 'favourite'.
    "What's your flavourite?"....."Strawberry"

    Southwick: Adj, a left handed w@nker

    Kellogged: Adj, that feeling of being ripped-off or cheated, like that feeling when you believe your cereal box is half empty...but then you read the disclaimer on the side that says 'contents may have levelled in transport'

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    Con

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    Saudade, a Portuguese word meaning a sort of nostalgia or longing for the past.

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    I like the German word Spießig. It describe conservative,dry, stuffy, middle class, white bread sort of people and things.

    Also Gemütlich. When something is cozy, familiar and pleasant.

    Example: Dinner at Grandmothers was very gemütlich despite her being so spießig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jack View Post
    We've had our fair share of hideous Americanisms, do they count?
    No.
    Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.
    Those who can't do either, are Sindo columnists.

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