My Word Collection

An alphabetized compendium of every word (so far) that has a dedicated blog entry on Verbomania, or that is mentioned in an entry.

adjective • English

Of, like, or pertaining to summer; occurring or appearing in, or typical of, the summer; summery. See estival.

noun • Irish

The period of nice weather between two rain showers.

noun • English

The inability to identify and express or describe one’s feelings (primarily used in psychiatry).

noun, adverb • Spanish

The day before yesterday. See zeg.

adjective • English

Occurring before breakfast.

verb • Italian

To get by, to make do; refers to the skill, even the art, of resourcefulness and ingenuity.

noun • German

The mood of getting ready to depart from a place and/or try new things; an atmosphere of departure or change; a spirit of optimism or enthusiasm.

adjective • German

Reflective, contemplative, tranquil.

noun • English

A sound like that of distant thunder.

noun • English

A thingamajig, a whatchamacallit.

ćutati (ћyтати)
verb • Serbo-Croatian

To not speak, to be silent.

noun, adjective • English

  1. A person of the 19th century.
  2. Characteristic of the 19th century.

-ism: 19th-century characteristics or behavior
-ize: to act like a person of the 19th century

adjective • Scottish English

(of the weather) Dull and depressing; dreary, bleak; cold, unpleasant, and often wet.

noun • Spanish

The mysterious power a work of art can have over a person; the moment in art when something else takes over.

noun, adverb • English (archaic)

The day before yesterday. See zeg.

adjective • English

Of, like, or pertaining to summer; occurring or appearing in, or typical of, the summer; summery.

adjective • English, French

Of or having the color of dead or dying leaves.

noun • German

A sense of listlessness brought on by the coming of spring; literally, “spring fatigue”.

noun • Icelandic

Weather that is nice to look at through a window, but not nice to be outside in; literally, “window-weather”.

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.

noun, verb • Danish

A sense of warmth and coziness; creating an atmosphere of comfort, intimacy, and togetherness.

ikigai (生き甲斐)
noun • Japanese

A reason for being; the thing that you live for, the reason you get up in the morning.

incunabulum, incunable
noun • English

An early printed book, especially one printed before 1501.

noun • English

A person who collects early books. See incunabulum.

jī lèi (鸡肋, trad. 雞肋)
noun • Chinese

Literally, “chicken ribs”; something that has little value or use that you are nonetheless reluctant to get rid of. Can also refer to a situation when you have an amount of free time long enough that waiting it out feels wasteful, yet not long enough to be used in any meaningful way.

expression • Finnish

“I wonder if I should run around aimlessly?”

koev halev (כואב לי הלב)
expression • Hebrew

Identifying with the suffering of others so closely that one hurts oneself, that one’s heart aches; a particular kind of empathy where watching the suffering of others causes physical pain; literally, “my heart hurts”.

noun • Hopi

Life or nature out of balance; a state of things that calls for another way of living.

noun • English

The absence of a word for a particular thing or concept. Also known as a “lexical gap”. See curwhibble.

expression • German

A greeting, commonly said to or by someone heading off to or in the process of eating lunch; literally, “meal time!”

mazeg (მაზეგ)
noun, adverb • Georgian

The day after the day after tomorrow. See zeg.

noun • Swedish

The days between Christmas and New Year’s; literally, “between days” or “middle days”. See Romjul.

merak (мерак)
noun • Serbian

  1. Enjoyment of the simple things in life; the feeling of bliss and sense of oneness with the universe that comes from the simplest of pleasures.
  2. The ultimate, irrepressible desire of an individual.

adjective • British English

(mildly derogatory) Unusually susceptible to cold weather.

adjective • English (archaic)

Moving or wandering through or among the clouds.

noun • Huron

The extraordinary, supernatural power that exists to varying degrees within every natural being, capable of being exerted at the will of its possessor; it is what empowers people to change the world in the face of powerful forces such as fate.

noun, adverb • English (archaic)

The day after tomorrow. See zeg.

parsõ (परसों)
noun, adverb • Hindi

  1. The day before yesterday.
  2. The day after tomorrow.

See zeg.

noun • Norwegian

The days between Christmas and New Year’s, used as a time for cozy relaxation with family and friends.

noun • Portuguese

A deep emotional state of melancholic longing or nostalgia for an absent person or thing, perhaps with the knowledge that this person or thing might never return; a sense of loneliness and incompleteness. See toska.

shōgakkō (小確幸)
noun • Japanese

A small but certain happiness, such as tearing off and eating bits of a freshly baked loaf of bread, or wearing a new, clean-smelling shirt.

noun • Finnish

Strength of will, determination, grit, resilience; previously unknown strength, perseverance, and courage in the face of adversity or perceived impossible odds, and the ability to sustain that courage.

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”.

sohwakhaeng (소확행)
noun • Korean

A small but certain happiness. See shōgakkō.

noun • Manx

The sound of waves hitting the shore, possibly a sound that can only be heard on the Isle of Man.

noun • Finnish

A person who constantly dreams of impossible things; literally, “horizon painter”.

tarab (طَرَب)
noun • Arabic

A musically induced state of ecstasy or enchantment.

toska (тоска)
noun • Russian

“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

— Vladimir Nabokov

adjective • English

Of, like, or pertaining to hummingbirds.

adjective • Swedish

Enchanting, elvish, magical, or bewitching, usually in reference to forests or nature.

tsundoku (積ん読)
noun • Japanese

The act of acquiring books and letting them pile up without reading them; collecting more books than one can read; “book hoarding”.

tuko pamoja
noun • Swahili

“We are (in this) together”; literally, “one place”; a shared sense of purpose and motivation in a group or community that transcends mere agreement and implies empathetic understanding among the members of the group.

noun, adverb • German

The day after tomorrow. See zeg.

verb • French

To stay up late; to watch over.

noun • Swedish

Tender sadness, pensive melancholy; the resigned nostalgia of knowing that something positive or significant in one’s life has been lost or is over, and will never be back.

noun • German

An attempted improvement that ends up making things worse.

wabi-sabi (侘寂)
noun • Japanese

Finding beauty in things that are imperfect, incomplete, or impermanent.

zeg (ზეგ)
noun, adverb • Georgian

The day after tomorrow.