I have always loved words, although admittedly my admiration has been generally restricted to the English language. And by generally, I mean exclusively. I sometimes joke that I speak and write two languages fluently – English and sarcasm. But really that doesn’t count because it’s English sarcasm and I’m sure I’d be way over my head if I even attempted something like German sarcasm. Are Germans sarcastic? I don’t know. I’ve met a total of one German person in my entire existence (hi Nina!).
ANYWAYS- today I’m checking in with a list of my ten favourite words that I discovered in 2018 AND surprisingly, most of them are NOT English words. Turns out the best and most magical words generally aren’t English. I guess I’m getting DuoLingo or Rosetta Stone now because I’m missing out on a whole world of words to lust over. If this is your first visit to this site, I’m a nerd. We’re dealing with it.
Smultronstalle [Swedish] (n): lit. ‘Place of wild strawberries.’ A special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress or sadness
Fernweh [German] (n): A feeling of homesickness for distant places and the unexplored
Resfeber [Swedish] (n): The mixture of anxiousness and excitement that a traveller feels before a journey begins
Strikhedonia (n): The pleasure of being able to say ‘to hell with it’
Komorebi [Japanese] (n): The interplay between light and leaves when sunlight shines through trees
Serein [French] (n): the fine, light rain that falls from a clear sky at sunset or in the early hours of night; evening serenity
Hiraeth [Welsh] (n): A homesickness for a home you can’t return to, or that never was
Petrichor [English] (n): The pleasant, earthy smell after rain
Fanaa [Urdu] (n): to destroy yourself
Abendrot [German] (n): The colour of the sky when the sun is setting
Eleutheromania [Greek] (n): The intense desire for freedom
Hodophile [Greek] (adj): A lover of roads. One who loves to travel
My Favourite Words in the English Language (circa 2012)
My LEAST Favourite Words in the English Language (still accurate today)