Interesting Words

Adam Jacot de Boinod wrote:


When photographers attempt to bring out our smiling faces by asking us
to “Say Cheese”, many countries appear to follow suit with English equivalents. In Spanish however they say patata (potato), in Argentinian Spanish whisky, in French steak frites, in Serbia ptica (bird) and in Danish appelsin (orange). Do you know of any other varieties from around the world’s languages? See more on


fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
dry spell.


3 Responses to “Interesting Words”

  1. Josep Lluís Says:

    In Catalonia (North-East of Spain) we say Lluís before a photo is taken.

    The vowel i, making it longer, iiiiiiiiiii, made our faces have a nice smile.

    Lluís is a name that in English is for Louis masculine of Superman’s girlfriend Louise and is also the second part of my name Josep Lluís or also the name of our president Jose Luís Rodriguez Zapatero.

  2. Wil Says:

    In Indonesian, we count to three and make the vowel ‘i’ longer in three so we are smiling when the photo is taken.

    Satu (one), dua (two), tiga! (three)

  3. vocabexperts Says:

    If we are saying TINGO or CHEESE, the same smile expression comes on our face

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