☆ (theidolhands) wrote in 1word1day,


Saturday Word: Kunlangeta

kun·lan·ge·ta [ko͞oˈlänˌɡlät]:
origin: [1976; recorded] Jane M. Murphy, Harvard University study; Yupik language of northwest Alaskan Inuit.

The Inuit/Eskimo word for "psychopath".

Explained as, “a person whose mind knows what to do but he does not do it.”

This person is also known as never improving, no matter how many times the elders talk to them -- irremediable, their motives remain selfish regardless of who or what is harmed.

It is also reputed therefore, that even in a famously peaceful society, but one even more reliant on one another for survival than our own, that when asked what is done with such an individual, the answer was, "Somebody would have pushed him off the ice when nobody else was looking.”

Problem solved.
Tags: inuit, k, native people, noun, unknown etymology, wordsmith: theidolhands

  • Friday Phrase: Sui generis

    Sui generis, pronounced SOO-ee JEN-ər-iss, is a Latin phrase that boils down to "unique" or something in a class by itself. Kind of like this fuzzy…

  • Friday Phrase: Mother Hubbard

    If you have heard this old nursery rhyme, you probably didn't think too much about Mother Hubbard: Old Mother Hubbard Went to the Cupboard, To…

  • Friday Phrase: Arigata-meiwaku

    We have all experienced arigata-meiwaku, or unwelcome kindness. It expresses the sort of "I know you were just trying to help" feeling when someone…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded