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Mamihlapinatapai

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…a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that they both desire but which neither one wants to start.

Mamihlapinatapai

Mamihlapinatapai (sometimes spelled mamihlapinatapei)(pronounced mah-me-lah-pee-nah-tah-pa-ee) is a word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”, and is considered one of the hardest words to translate.

It describes “a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that they both desire but which neither one wants to start.”

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