When You Don’t Know

Language is a beautiful thing. The words that we have not only grown up with but words that are from the past that are no longer in use and words that are untranslatable from other languages.

Here are some of those words that can help you describe exactly what you are feeling when English fails you.

Abbiocco: drowsiness from eating a big meal.

Duende: The mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.

Mamihlapinatapai: A look between two people that suggests an unspoken, shared desire.

Jayus: A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.

Komorebi: When sunlight filters through the trees – the interplay between the light and leaves.

Gezelligheid: The coziness, warmth, and comfort of being at home, or being together with friends or loved ones sharing time in a pleasant and nice atmosphere.

la douleur exquise: The exquisite pain of wanting the affection of someone you know you can never have.

Te quiero: “I want you;” somewhere between “I like you” and “I love you.”

ik tsuarpok: The anticipation you feel when you’re waiting for someone and you keep checking your phone.

Razljubit: The feeling you have for someone you once loved.

Gjensynsglede: The joy of meeting up with someone you haven’t seen for ages.

Naz: Feeling proud of the fact that someone’s love in unconditional.

Suaimhneas croi: The feeling of contentment you get when you finish a task.

Hygge: A deep sense of place, warmth, friendship, and contentment.

Peiskos: The feeling you get when you sit in front of a fireplace and enjoy its warmth.

Morgenfrisk: Feeling rested after a good night’s sleep.

Torschlusspanik: The fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.

Utepils: To sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy a beer.

Commuovere: A story that moves you to tears.

Kilig: The feeling of butterflies in your tummy, usually when something romantic takes place.

Wabi-Sabi: Finding beauty in imperfections.

And finally, my two personal favourites:

Forelsket: The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.

Saudade: The feeling of emptiness, like someone or something should be there in particular moments but is missing – you feel absence; the love that remains after someone, or something, is gone.


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