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Some words just can’t be translated into a single word. Our favourite this month is the Malay noun Pisan Zapra – the time it takes to eat a banana (about two minutes)

Some words just can’t be translated into a single word. Our favourite this month is the German noun Kummerspeck – the weight we put on from comfort eating (literally “grief-bacon”)

Some words just can’t be translated into a single word. Our favourite this month is the Czech verb Prozvonit – to call someone on a mobile phone but only let it ring once so that person calls you back, rather than using up your own calls allowance

Some words just can’t be translated into a single word. Our favourite this month is the German noun Drachenfutter – the gift a husband gives his wife to make up for his bad behaviour