What a wonderful word

Yesterday, Wordcraft Word of the Day sent a Fuegian word, one of the ten most untranslatable words. I can see why this one ranked so highly for difficulty. English has a blind spot for this concept.

mamihlapinatapei – a shared glance of longing between two people, each knowing the meaning and each wishing the other will initiate something where neither is quite willing to make the move.

It makes me wonder exactly how much unresolved sexual tension there is in Tierra del Fuego, or if anyone ever gets up to answer the phone.