Words of the Week

First off, there are a couple of things you need to know about me.

1. I love books (if you couldn’t tell already) and am a biiiiiig reader.

2. I love love love English. I love words. I love writing. I love the satisfaction of stringing a bunch of letters together and producing something beautiful.

3. I love Spanish and have been learning the language for 8 long years now.

So, in light of all that, I thought I’d post some of my favourite words for you all. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they sound beautiful (especially the Spanish ones) and have beautiful (or quirky, at least…) meanings too. And I know it sounds cheesy, but discovering hidden things like this make me happy to be human, and happy to have a voice.

❤ ❤ ❤

1. 

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A danish word essentially meaning… “A cozy moment, delightful, comfy.” So for me, a hyggelig moment would be curled up in an armchair with a book on a winter’s day. Or in the very least, a day with rain outside.

2. 

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The opposite of schadenfreude. I love this word, because it essentially means delighting in someone else’s happiness. If we all experienced even a bit of this, the world would be a much nicer placer, I’m sure.

3. 

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This is an English word pertaining to my favourite smell in the whole world, or one of them, at least. “A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.”

4. 

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Another delightful, delightful word meaning “incapable of being described in words.”

4. 

IMG_1950WHAT A COOL WORD!!! It means to buzz or hum. So basically, we’ve all bombinated at some point in our lives and NEVER EVEN REALISED! :O

5. 

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Pretty much my favourite Spanish word in the history of Spanish words. Meaning: to grumble (which is what my dog is doing in the picture, btw.)

6. 

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This Brazilian word describes the “feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament.” It is such an intense, heart-wrenching feeling, that I’m glad one language has found a single word to do it justice.

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I left the best word of the week until last. This beauty is spoken by the Yagán people and is completely untranslatable in English. Essentially, it means: “a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves.” How awesome is that?! I’m pretty sure there is plenty of these ‘mamihlapinatapai’ exchanges happening on the dating scene as we speak…

And that’s everything!

Hope you’ve learned something new and perhaps have discovered a new favourite word for yourself! 🙂

¡Adios!

Frosty xxx

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8 comments

  1. I am always on the hunt for new great foreign words!! 🙂
    Wanted to share some of the ones i found with you:
    1. Komorebi: the filtering of sunlight through the leaves and trees
    2. Waldeinsamkeit: a feeling of solitude in the woods and a connectedness with nature
    3. Mangata: the glimmering road like reflections the moon creates in the water

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  2. ¡Hola! Great blog! I have also been learning Spanish for a long time now, and I studied abroad in Spain for a semester! We also share a common interest in reading and finding cool words. Thanks for sharing those, it’s always fun to learn new cool words! Hyggelig is my favorite 🙂

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      • You definitely should do it if you get the chance! I was in Seville, and I traveled to a bunch of different places around Spain and Europe too! Feel free to check out my blog, I started it when I went to Spain and I wrote all about my experiences there. Now I’m trying to start writing about my life post-graduation.

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      • Your blog is fab! Definitely can’t wait to hear about your post-grad experiences! And I’m going into my 3rd year at med-school, but 4th year I get an 8 week elective period which I’m hoping to do in Spain or South America. Either way, a SPanish speaking country 😀

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