Jack links to a charming Metafilter thread on foreign words that don't have a direct translation in English. Which has proven utterly indispensable when I have needed an appropriately French phrase in order to appear intelligent* to my friends.
What I'd like, however, is to do the opposite. Here are some phrases—do you care to suggest a word for any of them?
- The performance anxiety I feel when about to send an email to several hundred people.**
- An abortive MSN conversation in which the other person makes a Chat Request, and then doesn't say anything, closing the chat after five minutes.***
- The politically-correct discomfort I feel when a Jewish person wishes me a merry Christmas, and I am unsure of the correct response.****
The comments are your proverbial oyster.
** which doesn't affect my blogging, since my average readership is a couple of orders of magnitude lower.
*** commonly caused by people using GAIM when I'm using Mercury—when I log in or change status, a flurry of boxes appears from my GAIM-using friends.
**** bonus marks if this is in Yiddish.