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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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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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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Nubivagant

nubivagant |ˈnuːbɪvəgənt| adjective • English moving or wandering through or among the clouds. Clouds have many moods. The happy, fluffy clouds of a warm summer day are nothing like their dreary cousins of the overcast days of spring or autumn. Winter clouds are silent and bleak. Rainy days can be gloomy or peaceful, and there's …

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