Iktsuarpok

17 08 2011

Iktsuarpok (Inuit) You know that feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet? This is the word for it. Mental Floss

Iktsuarpok (Inuit)A person who goes outside often to see if anyone is coming. Better Than English 

Iktsuarpok Inuit – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming. Quora

Iktsuarpok  An Inuit word for the feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet. Personal Shoplifter 

Iktsuarpok Have you ever gone outside just to check if anyone is coming? There’s a mighty fine Inuit word for that… “Iktsuarpok“ Untranslatable! First Edition Translations

Iktsuarpok From the Inuit, meaning to go outside to check if anyone is coming. Altalang

Oorxax and Iktsuarpok – There is, thank God, a word that sums up that annoying thing you do when your taxi is 20 minutes late and you’re too restless to wait for the doorbell to ring. It’s iktsuarpok – “to go outside often to see if someone is coming.  Shouting at Each Other

English Language Needs *Iktsuarpok*

Iktsuarpok: an Inuit word more useful to us citizens of the digital universe than umpteen expressions for varieties of snow.Here’s how the blogsite Mental Floss characterizes the expression:

“You know that feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet? This is the word for it.”

And it occurs to me that iktsuarpok might enrich modern English, where it could just as easily refer to obsessive checking of e-mail and Facebook to see whether anyone’s contacted you in the past 30 seconds. Even the traditional Inuit did it, eh? Social networking and our obsessive-compulsive dipping for dopamine rools. Collin Piprell

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All of these websites… no one uses the word “Inuktitut” and no indication of where the word “iktsuarpok” comes from.  Canadian Inuit? Greenlandic? Alaskan? That’s a head-scratcher.
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10 12 2013
Caligari_Marte

It seems the Source where probably all these Sites took the Word was a Book entitled “The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World” (2006) by BBC researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod.
Coincidentially, I had the Book lying around and immediately took a Look. Unfortunately, the Book doesn’t specify the Language Region either, but at Least it says “Inuktitut” — so, the Source got at Least that right. But the Book is obviously for Entertaining Purposes, Edutainment at best, so even if the Author had a more specific regiolectic Classification in his Research Files, it is understandable that he kept it simple and didn’t classify any further Regiolect. (He didn’t go into Regiolect-Detail on any of the other Languages either, as far as I can tell.)
So, that explains it: If the Source for these Sites was the “Tingo” Book and it did not clarify any Regiolect, the Quoters might hardly know any better.

16 05 2014
Maureen

I would give almost anything if the pronunciation had been included with the explanation of what the word means. If I want to be able to use this word, first I need to know how to say it correctly. Not one site I have been to has the pronunciation of the word. Now do you say it correctly?

23 05 2014
qiviq

Ick-sue-are-pook OR It-sue-are-pook

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