Duende

duende |duˈɛndeɪ|noun • Spanish the mysterious power a work of art can have over a person; the moment in art when something else takes over. As much as I love words, I hold enormous respect for what can be achieved without them. While they are certainly useful tools, they aren't always necessary to communicate effectively …

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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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Frühjahrsmüdigkeit

Frühjahrsmüdigkeit |ˈfʀyːjaʀsmyːdiːçkaɪt|noun • German a sense of listlessness brought on by the coming of spring; literally, "spring fatigue". Theoretically, spring is now upon us. I've already started to see robins, who I trust to tell me the season more than I do the calendar, and there have been a couple of days so far when …

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Decemnovenarian

decemnovenarian |dɪːˌsemnoʊvənˈerɪːən| noun • English a person of the 19th century. Confession time: I'm a bit of a sucker for 19th-century stuff. I'm especially fond of Victorian and Victorian Gothic things in particular. It was an interesting period of time, steeped in its own brand of melodrama characterized by elegant fashion, not-so-elegant living conditions, and …

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