The Germans have a word for gaining weight from stress eating! Find out more foreign words with interesting meanings
There are many ways to cope with grief, but none are as satisfying as binging on mounds of food. A sudden breakup, the death of a loved one, and unexpected unemployment can all be solved with a few gallons of ice cream, or a pile of bacon, if you're asking the Germans.
The German word Kummerspeck is the weight someone puts on from emotion-related overeating. A literal translation of the word reveals one of the best ways to describe the practice: “Grief bacon.”
English isn't nearly as literal with their words as other languages. The Albanians have 27 words for eyebrows as well as mustache that all describe different aspects from bushy to where it droops. In English, any type of hair over the lip is a mustache, which must then be described further with different, descriptive words.
There are some words that English lacks that might baffle you when you think about it. What's the space behind your knee or elbow called? The Afrikaans call it “waal,” getting right to the point without taking the time to have to describe or point to the area in question. Maybe it's time we update our dictionary and come up with some new words?