koffie verkeerd*

* wrong coffee

Dutch Netherlands

Name USED On Occasion BY Some People

A coffee that contains 2/3 milk and 1/3 coffee. It is called "wrong coffee" because it contains more milk than coffee.

"Doe mij maar een koffie verkeerd, alstublief."

"I would like a wrong coffee, please."

wonder boven wonder*

* miracle above miracle

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

When something truly miraculous happens.

"Ik was mijn sjaal al jaren kwijt, en wonder boven wonder vond ik hem vorige week in een tweedehandswinkel."

"I had lost my scarf for years, but miracle above miracle I found it last week in a second hand shop."

orka na ugorze*

* ploughing a fallow field

Polish Poland

Idiom USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

An extremely tedious and unsatisfying task.

"Uczenie tego dziecka dobrych manier to orka na ugorze."

"Teaching this kid good manners is like ploughing a fallow field."

lang may yer lum reek*

* long may your chimney smoke

Scots Scotland

Idiom USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

It is a toast given in celebration or as a farewell to someone. It is used to wish the person well.

“All the best in Australia mate, lang may yer lum reek!”

“All the best in Australia mate, long may your chimney smoke!”


Italian Italy

Word USED On Occasion BY Everyone

The sudden drowsiness and tiredness one feels soon after lunch.

"Ho mangiato troppo e mi viene da dormire perché ho l'abbiocco."

"I've eaten too much and now I'm feeling like sleeping because I'm having abbiocco."




* long walk

Spanish Valencian Country, Spain

Word USED Frequently BY People Under 30

(n.) Action that requires an effort that we do not want to undertake. Not necessarily linked to walking despite its original sense.

"Dios, aún me quedan veinte páginas, ¡qué pateo!"

"God, there's still twenty more pages, what a long walk!"




Dutch Netherlands

Abbreviation USED On Occasion BY Students

(v.) The act of committing sog, abbreviation of studie-ontwijkend gedrag (study avoiding behaviour).

“Ik verveel me stierlijk in de UB. Dus het is tijd om te soggen, en dan maak ik memes.”

“I'm terribly bored in the university library. So it is time to sog, and then I make memes.”


pesare i peri*

* weighing pears

Italian | Veneto Veneto, Italy

Slang USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

It is a dialectal form to describe when you are sleepy, with half-closed eyelids and cheeks hanging like pears.

"Come sta andando la conferenza? È interessante?" "No, è veramente noiosa, sono qui a pesare i peri!"

"How's the conference going? Is it interesting?" "No, it's really boring, I'm here weighing pears!"

op hoop van zege*

* on hope of victory

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

Used when you can not change much about the situation but you hope the outcome is positive.

"Ik heb m'n paper net ingeleverd, op hoop van zege."

"I just handed in my paper, on hope of victory."

Confirmed by 2 people

de wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit*

* the miracles haven't left the world yet

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

Used when something miraculous happens.

".. en toen, na 5 jaar vermist te zijn liep onze kat gewoon binnen alsof er niks aan de hand was." "Nou, de wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit."

".. and then, after being missing for 5 years, our cat just came walking as if nothing happened." "Wow, the miracles haven't gone from the world yet."



Dutch Netherlands

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(v.) A colloquial word for stealing or being screwed over.

"Kut, mijn fiets is genakt." "Feyenoord is afgelopen weekend flink genakt."

"Fuck, my bike was stolen." "Feyenoord really got screwed over last weekend."



French Belgium

Word USED Frequently BY Most People

(n.) It describes uncivilized people who often wear tracksuits and a golden chain. They have an old car and often spend their days at bars. They are known to admire the USA, so they usually name their children Kévin, Dylan, Kimberley, Cindy, etc. They are also known to be stupid and sometimes vulgar. Those stereotypical people are known to live in low-income neighbourhoods.

"Il y a souvent des barakis à la buvette du club de foot de mon frère."

"There are often barakis at the refreshment bar at my brother's football club."

mettere una mano sul fuoco*

* to put the hand on the fire

Italian Italy

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

It's used when you are absolutely certain of what you are saying. On the contrary, when you are not that sure, you can use it in the negative form.

"Sei sicuro che sia la strada giusta?" (+)"Certo, ci metterei la mano sul fuoco" (-) "Credo di si, ma non ci metterei la mano sul fuoco"

"Are you sure this is the right way to go?" (+)"Sure, I would put my hand on the fire" (-) "I think so, but I wouldn't put my hand on the fire"

bekijk het maar

Dutch Netherlands

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Everyone

A way to say that you can forget about it and that whatever was suggested is not going to happen.

"Vijf euro voor een biertje? Bekijk het maar."

"Five euros for a beer? Look at it."

mal del puerco*

* pig's disease

Spanish Mexico

Expression USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(n.) It's the feeling of getting sleepy after a big meal.

"Comimos un chingo." "Sí, ya me dió el mal del puerco."

"We ate a lot." "Yes, it gave me the pig's disease."