Ikigai

生き甲斐 |ikigai| noun • Japanese a reason for being; the thing that you live for, the reason you get up in the morning. At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need; therein you will discover your purpose. —Unknown (Usually attributed to Aristotle) For some reason, society has made the idea …

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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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Juoksentelisinkohan

juoksentelisinkohan |ˈjoʊksenˌteliːsiːŋkoʊhɑːn| expression • Finnish "I wonder if I should run around aimlessly?" Compound words are fun. German is best known for doing this — stringing words and word parts, known as lexemes, together to create a single monstrosity of a word for something that usually doesn't need a dedicated word to begin with — but …

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Antejentacular

antejentacular |ˌæntəʤenˈtækjulər| adjective • English occurring before breakfast. When I came across this word I immediately thought of the White Queen's famous quote in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass: "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." I'm sure many of us aspire to that level of productivity. Getting anything meaningful …

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