Smultronställe

smultronställe |ˈsmuːltrɑnˌstɔlə|noun • Swedish an undiscovered gem of a place with personal or sentimental value; a location that you love to return to but that is hard for others to find; a place for relaxation, refuge, and solace; literally, "place of wild strawberries". Last weekend I returned to my alma mater to attend a friend's …

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Mahlzeit

Mahlzeit |maːltsaɪt| expression • German a greeting, commonly said to or by someone heading off to or in the process of eating lunch; literally, "meal time!" Lunch is my favorite part of the day. On weekdays, it's a break from work and a celebration of having made it halfway through the day; on weekends, when …

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Trochilidine

trochilidine |ˌtroʊˈkɪlədɑɪn|adjective • English of, like, or pertaining to hummingbirds. Birds are fascinating. They're marvels of the animal kingdom, capable of physical and mental acrobatics that are making us reconsider what is possible. Recent studies have illuminated them as astoundingly intelligent, and they even have language, a trait that was once thought unique to humans. …

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Zeg

ზეგ |zeg| noun, adverb • Georgian the day after tomorrow. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time… —Macbeth (5.5.19—21) The passage of time vexes us all. Macbeth had perhaps a more morbid, characteristically Shakespearean outlook than some, but he had a …

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Tarab

طَرَب |tarab|noun • Arabic a musically induced state of ecstasy or enchantment. All cultures on Earth have some form of music. Even cultures with no connection to any other group of people, virtually untouched by the modern world and independent of outside influence, have music. It has been present, as far as we can tell, …

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Hygge

hygge |ˈhʏɡə| noun • Danish a sense of warmth and coziness; creating an atmosphere of comfort, intimacy, and togetherness. When I first learned about the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral on Monday, my word for the week had already been chosen and this post partially written. As the news updates about the incident began …

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Brontide

brontide |ˈbrɑnˌtaɪd| noun • English a sound like that of distant thunder. Say what you will about English, but it can be used effectively if the person using it knows what they're doing. In terms of sheer vocabulary, English is simply a brute, having the largest number of distinct words of any language whose words …

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Nesh

nesh |nɛʃ| adjective • British English unusually susceptible to cold weather. I don't know about anyone else, but for me being cold is just a fact of life. I'm partly convinced that I may be the first cold-blooded human ever to be born. A breeze on an otherwise warm day is enough to make me …

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Wabi-sabi

侘寂 |wabi sabi| noun • Japanese finding beauty in things that are imperfect, incomplete, or impermanent. Perfection is a siren's song. It calls to us across deep and treacherous waters, its mysteriously alluring melody tempting us to pursue it, promising us greatness when we reach it. But if we follow, allowing ourselves to become blinded …

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