At Enteractive, we’re a culturally diverse bunch by the nature of our business. On behalf of our iGaming clients, our (Re)Activation teams regularly speak to players across the globe, so we have native speakers from Europe to Asia and South America, adding up to some 25 different languages spoken across the company.
We thought it would be fun asking everyone to share the most interesting, favourite, or funniest words from their mother tongue.
So first up is…
Popty ping [pɒp-ti pɪŋ]
Say it out loud, and it gets even funnier. Maybe you can guess the meaning, as the word literally describes the sound this machine makes when your food is heated. The more traditional way to say it is ‘microwave’, but we’ll probably keep using this funny Welsh word as it’s much more fun.
Nincompoop [nin-kuhm-poop] Yes, this is really an English word. It’s probably a good thing if you’ve never heard it before, as it describes ‘a foolish or stupid person’.
Yaldi [yal-di] This is an expression of joy or excitement in Scotland.
Крамбамбуля / Krambambula [kræm-bæm-bu-lər] The national drink of Belarus. I don’t know what it tastes like but it definitely sounds funny to say!
Such a beautiful word can only be of French origin, and the meaning is as beautiful. Merveilleux is ‘wonderful’ in a romantic way.
Craic [kræk] Irish for ‘Fun/Enjoyment’. You may use it this way; “Lads, the craic was 90 last night!”, which means the nirvana of craic, everything was amazing, incredible, the pints were great.
Probably one of the few words which you can read backwards, and it will say exactly the same. This Norwegian word means ‘bills’.
This word means Meaning ‘wobbly, unsteady, prone to topple’, Norway clearly has some very interesting words in their vocabulary. It seems like ‘wobbly’ is not just an appealing word in English, but in other languages as well.
Rzezimieszek [riz-imie-zek] The looks and the sound of this Polish word is in line with the meaning of it, namely ‘thug’.
Pofticios [pof-tik-ios] Do you know that feeling when the food of the person next to you looks so good, you instantly regret that you didn’t order the same? In Romania, the word for food envy is ‘pofticios’. This takes us to our German word below.
We have recently entered the Romanian market. Read more about it by clicking on the image below:
Futterneid [fʊt-ah-nid] Apparently, people in Germany experience the same feeling when they go out to eat, but they call food envy ‘Futterneid’.
It seems like one word, but it’s actually a Finnish sentence. Also, it’s a sentence with a very unique meaning. It means ‘I wonder if I should run around aimlessly?’ This is definitely a special one.
Kippenvel [kip-æn-væl] This is the Dutch word for goosebumps. However, the literal meaning of this word is chicken skin, which is probably the best description for what goosebumps look like.
This means; “Are you kidding me?“. Usually you would say that to someone who is being silly.
Read our previous article about our expansion to Japan here by clicking on the image:
These words represent our company culture; diverse, international, personal, and social.
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