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30 English words that have a different meaning in a foreign language

Here is a list of 30 English words that have a different meaning in a foreign language.



1. The English word ‘fart’ means speed in Norwegian. Also ‘smell’ means impact. Example

2. The term for clarified butter is ‘ghee’ in English (which is derived from Hindi), which means sh*t in Kurdish.

3. The word ‘kiss’ means pee in Swedish.

4. The English word ‘preservative’ means condom in French (pronounced preservatif).

5. ‘Lol’ actually means ‘fun’ in Dutch. “We hebben lol” translates to “we are having fun.”



6. The English word ‘Crap’ means Carp (type of a fish) in Romanian. They sell fish-egg salad there and it looks like this.

7. ‘Lul’ as in ‘lulz’ means penis in Dutch.

8. ‘Sean Bean’ (the actor) means old woman in Irish although in fairness the pronunciation is different.

9. The English derogatory word ‘Slut’ means finish/close/end in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish. Example

10. ‘Brat’ means ‘brother’ in Russian (брат).


Gift Poison

11. The English word ‘gift’ means poison in in German.

12. In Italian ‘dai’ sounds exactly like ‘die’ to English speakers and it means something like “come on!”

13. ‘Trombone’ means paperclip in French.

14. ‘Cut’ sounds like ‘kut’ in Dutch, which means c**t.

15. The word ‘retard’ means late In French. One might say “Désolé, je suis en retard!” when you’re running late for something.


Puxe Pull

16. ‘Puxe’ read as push in Portuguese means pull.

17. The word ‘smoking’ in French means tuxedo.

18. ‘Vader’ means father in Dutch.

19. The English word ‘f**k’ sounds like ‘phoque’ in French, which means a seal.

20. ‘Bra’ is Swedish means good.


Das Ass

21. English word ‘The Ace’ as in deck of cards or someone who is really good at something translates to ‘Das Ass’ in German.

22. The English word ‘fart’ means ‘pet’ in French.

23. Nah (as in no) sounds like “Nai” (Ναι) which means ‘yes’ in Greek.

24. English word ‘pig’ sounds like the Danish (also Dutch) word ‘pik’, which means d*ck.

25. The English word “Bite” means d*ck in French. Fortunately, it really sounds different (“bee-teuh”), so you don’t need to care that much.



26. The Finnish word for ‘bag’ is ‘pussi.’ If you want to buy a paper bag for your groceries, you politely ask for a paperipussi. Sometimes the stores advertise their new, larger bag types. That’s when you buy a megapussi.

27. The English word ‘manure’ is called ‘mist’ in German.

28. Common English named ‘Gary’ means ‘diarrhea’ in Japanese. If you said “I’m Gary” (ゲリです。), it would sound like “I have diarrhea.”

29. English word ‘louder’ in Hindi roughly means penis (Lau-da, to be precise).

30. In Hebrew ‘me’ means who, ‘who’ means he, ‘he’ means she and ‘dog’ means fish.


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  • “13. ‘Trombone’ means paperclip in French.”
    “Trombone” means trombone AND paperclip in french. The paperclip is called a “trombone” because it is shaped like a trombone (musical instrument).

    “22. The English word ‘fart’ means ‘pet’ in French.”
    It’s the opposite, the English word “pet” means “fart” in French.

  • “11. The English word ‘gift’ means poison in in German.”
    The word is also poison in Danish. However in Danish it also means getting married: Vi blev gift (We got married).

  • Although not as hilarious as some examples posted here before, in Portuguese the word Resume means to summarize and the word Vigilante is the proper word for private security guard.
    There are some other examples but these ones tend to confuse people the most.

  • Number 7 isn’t really correct, lul = d*ck, cock, referring to male genitals, penis=penis, same spelling, different pronounciation.


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