12 Awesome Foreign Words We Need In English

Tsundoku (Japanese)

There is a name for your bookshelf of unread good intentions. Tsundoku is just that: the act of leaving a book unread after buying it. But hey, the good news is that at least your bookshelf makes you look smart!

Cavoli Riscaldati (Italian)

Have you ever had that talk with someone about your relationship because you’ve tried again, and again, and again to make it work, but it just won’t? Well the Italians have a brilliant word to describe this: cavoli riscaldati, which literally means ‘reheated cabbage’ and the result of trying to make an unworkable relationship work. So hey, sometimes we have to quit reheating the cabbage and just move on.

Spirit d’ Escalier (French)

You know that moment when you’ve been in a confrontation with someone, then left the conversation when suddenly you think of a bunch of things you ‘wished you would have said’? Well in France, they have a word for it: spirit d’escalier, which literally means ‘the wit of the staircase’, or the moment you realize what you could have said but it’s too late.