T-Rex: Sometimes your language will have a word in it that can't easily be translated into other languages, because those languages simply don't have a word for that concept! Sorry, other languages!
T-Rex: YOU LOSE THIS ROUND??
Dromiceiomimus: I assume you came prepared with an example? T-Rex: Oh I for sure did: a word English has that Russian doesn't. Of course you can convey the ideas with a PHRASE, but capturing it in a single word is impossible! And that English word is one we use all the time: the adjective "EXCITED".
T-Rex: Define "excited" for me, Utahraptor! Utahraptor: The state of having excitement!
T-Rex: Okay, yes, but define it without using the word itself. Utahraptor: Um - the state of looking ahead to something that will be good? T-Rex: THAT'S THE THING. The reason "excited" is so hard to translate is because in Russian, THERE'S NO WORD FOR LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH HAPPINESS.
God: WHOAH God: T-REX I'M OMNISCIENT AND THAT'S STILL THE MOST RUSSIAN THING I'VE EVER HEARD T-Rex: Yeah! T-Rex: *sigh* T-Rex: ...Yeah
What are the haps my friends
August 27th, 2018:Language is so weird that it's the only tool we have for talking about how weird it is.