Monday, July 05, 2004


...the most untranslatable word in any language, reckon the translators, is ilunga, a word in the Bantu language of Tshiluba for a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time; to tolerate it a second time; but never a third time. And I suppose we all know that kind of person.

(via DRT news)

In conversation I would have struggled to express this concept concisely, and probably would have tried to hatch something out of a little red hen/ three strikes mix.

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