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9 Delightful Sayings From Around The World

We should really just add these to our language. Thanks to Hotel Club.

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1. "Päästää sammakko suusta" (Finnish).

To let a frog out of your mouth – to say the wrong thing.
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To let a frog out of your mouth – to say the wrong thing.

2. "Alimentar um burro a pão-de-ló" (Portuguese).

To feed the donkey sponge cake – give good treatment to someone who doesn't need it.
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To feed the donkey sponge cake – give good treatment to someone who doesn't need it.

3. "Nie mój cyrk, nie moje malpy" (Polish).

Not my circus, not my monkeys – not my problem.
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Not my circus, not my monkeys – not my problem.

4. "Le démon de midi" (French).

To have a midlife crisis.
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To have a midlife crisis.

5. "In bocca al lupo" (Italian).

Good luck (see also: break a leg).
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Good luck (see also: break a leg).

6. "At have en pind i øret" (Danish).

To have a stick in your ear – to not listen to someone.
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To have a stick in your ear – to not listen to someone.

7. "Dar calabazas a alguien" (Spanish).

To give someone pumpkins – to reject someone's advances. Apparently this originates from ancient Greece, as they were considered an anti-aphrodisiac.
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To give someone pumpkins – to reject someone's advances. Apparently this originates from ancient Greece, as they were considered an anti-aphrodisiac.

8. "Kao ga hiro i" (Japanese).

To have a wide face – to have many friends.
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To have a wide face – to have many friends.

9. "Katzensprung" (German).

A cat's jump – a short distance away.
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A cat's jump – a short distance away.

10. Bonus: "Exatj zajcem" (Russian).

To ride as a hare – to travel without a ticket. According to Hotel Club, "it comes from the fact that fare-dodgers would shake like a hare whenever the ticket inspectors would come round."
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To ride as a hare – to travel without a ticket. According to Hotel Club, "it comes from the fact that fare-dodgers would shake like a hare whenever the ticket inspectors would come round."

With thanks to Hotel Club. All illustrations by Marcus Oakley.