Oddly enough, a link from Anne Rice on Facebook lead me to this article, 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures. It sounded fascinating. It is.
Just read it, it’s great.
I loved the Hawaiian ‘Pana Po’o’ which describes “The act of scratching your head in order to help you remember something you have forgotten”.
Also, ‘Iktsuarpok’ which is Inuit for “The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming”. I feel like I’ve suffered from a lot of iktsuarpok.
It just goes to show that despite the barrier of language, many cultures have the same experiences. Which is really lovely.