So many words!

· Journaling

I'm a word nerd. I have a page in the back of my journal to save special words. Unknown-to-me words. Gems. Words that may be mundane in another language but are mysterious in English. We can't have all the words! It's so fun to come across words that express a common - even universal - idea.

Isn't it beautiful to think that in every language - all over the world - people are communicating life and love; the important and the little; the fragile and the powerful? Through words.

These are some of my favorites. The last one is my very favorite. I wonder what the word is that means a favorite word. There must be one!

sehnsucht (German) - the inconsolable longing in the human heart for a far, familiar, non-earthly land one can identify as one’s home.

fernweh (German) - a craving for travel. Being homesick for a place you’ve never been.

sonder (French) - the realization that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

waldeinsamkeit (German) - the feeling of being alone in the woods.

anemoia (ancient Greek) - nostalgia for a tie you have never known.

dolce far niente (Italian) - the sweetness of doing nothing.

quiddity (from medieval Latin) - the essence of something; whatness.

soubhiye - Lebanese Arabic - the time in the morning when no one else is awake.

hygge (Danish) - coziness.

coddiwomple (English slang) - to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

"Good words are worth much,

and cost little."

- George Herbert

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