LOST IN TRANSLATION: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World


This witty, petit volume is a gift to word lovers. Sanders has found gems in a variety of other languages that English is lacking. Borrowing freely from other languages is one of English’s greatest strengths. Who knows, one day some of these word may become English.

Boketto   n.   Gazing vacantly into the distance with out really thinking about anything.   (Japonese)

Vacilando   v.   Travelling when the experience itself is more important than the destination.   (Spanish)

Trepverter   n.   A witty riposte or comeback you think of only when it is too late to use. Literally “staircase words.”   (Yiddish)

Tsundoku   n.   Leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.

Mangata   n.   The road-like reflection of the moon in the water


Lost is a terribly quick read and fun. You will love it.


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