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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Shōgakkō

小確幸 |shōgakkō| noun • Japanese a small but certain happiness. Before I begin to write a post, I research the word to make sure that it's real and legitimate, and to make sure I have a thorough understanding of what it means before I begin to write about it. This one surprised me with a bit …

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Hiraeth

hiraeth |ˈhɪːraɪθ| noun • Welsh a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; an intense yearning to be somewhere you are not; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past. "Where are you from?" doesn't seem like a complicated question, but I …

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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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