MotherTongues: Wear Words, Celebrate Cultures

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Interesting untranslatable words July 29, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle @ 2:24 pm

Since part of the creative process at MotherTongues T-shirts is to explore untranslatable, positive, cultural words to use on our T-shirts, I thought it would be fun to share some words that may or may not make it on to a t-shirt one day!

sprytny (Polish) – A playful, combative, opportunistic state of mind, which has helped the Poles survive one invasion after another for the past 1000 years.

pochemuchka (Russian) – A person who asks a lot of questions, somebody who’s constantly asking “why” (ie a 6 year old).

sagarmatha – This is how climbers greet each other on Mount Everest. It means something like: May your soul reach high heights.

– MotherTongues

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