When trying to translate a word into another language from English, in an act of desperation, we often go for the literal translation if we don't know the real word.
Often it doesn't work. For example, if an American in Paris asked for directions to a "drug store" using "magasin des drogues" they'd either get a stern "Non!" or end up in a shady part of town.
And it works both ways.
A French person may scream in pain after stubbing their "toe finger".
French contains a vast array of words that just can't be directly translated into English. We've gathered together some of the best for your amusement.
by Léa Surugue