Earlier this week, I wrote about hygge, the Danish art of enjoying the cozy, comfortable and intimate feeling of a perfect moment. Hygge is difficult to define in English because it takes about a dozen words to attempt to recreate the sentiment…and even then it’s still not an exact match. I’m fascinated with language translation, and though I’ve never been particularly good at languages myself, I like the way certain words feel in my mouth when I say (or attempt to say) them. I like the way certain words seem to sing and vibrate into the air as they’re spoken. I like words that contain entire worlds and complexities in a neat little linguistic package. English has a handful of words like this: serendipity, ineffable, bombinate, eclectic. Other languages however, have some beautiful expressive words that just can’t be replicated with our clumsy, English vocabulary. Hygge is just the tip of the language iceberg. Try a few of these on for size and see if they don’t have you longing to find the right words, or better yet, looking to book your next foreign vacation!
TSUNDOKU – Japanese
The process of buying books, not reading them, and allowing them to pile up on bookshelves.
VOORPRET – Danish
The feeling of excitement that builds in the moment before a party or event begins.
MERAKI – Greek
To do something with so much creativity, passion, and love that you leave behind a part of yourself in the process.
HIRAETH – Welsh
A longing or homesickness for a place that you can never return to or never really was.
GIGIL – Filipino
An overwhelming urge to pinch or squeeze something very cute.
RETROUVAILLES – French
The feeling of joy after being reunited with a loved one after a long separation.
SEVA – Hindi
Selfless service to others without any promise or want of recognition.
ATTRAVERSIAMO – Italian
Let’s cross over together (Made famous in Eat, Pray, Love, attraversiamo is used when people are walking down the street together and want to cross to walk on the opposite sidewalk)
I have, consequently, now downloaded the Duolingo app on my phone for the third time determined to pretend for the next three months that I’m going to teach myself a new language. Moving on…
Friday kudos to…
My husband made the bed every single day this week, and if you don’t think that’s a big deal, then you don’t know my husband.
My art director Nicole who came seeking out projects to get started on for my spring musical. Oh, do I have the projects for her!
My sister gave me a tracking number for Christmas. Nothing says holly jolly quite like an IOU😂 But this week I got the update that it had arrived…at her house! So, dear sister, when it arrives at my house, not only will I anxiously open it to discover what was so worth waiting for, I will also send you a gINKgo/thank you note for your perseverance in not giving up on it…or me!
Wine for your weekend
In a post New Year’s Eve wine score I happened into my local liquor store to find bottles of Taralyn Sparkling Moscato on super markdown! This was, consequently, also their wine of choice for holiday markdown, but hey…I’ll take extra sale prices any time. Light and refreshing Taralyn Sparkling Moscato is fruity without being overly sweet, and bubbly without being dry and acidic. It’s well balanced and an easy crowd pleaser as the flavors are full, but not dramatic or off putting in any direction. Though not a traditional champagne or asti, I’d toast just about anything with it, and this week used it to kick off the premier of The Bachelor and the return of our girls’ night bracket challenge. With a few more bottles on the wine rack it’s a perfect pairing for Friday night appetizers, Saturday spritzers, or mimosas at brunch. (And if you’re local in MN, look for the deals! I scored mine at 65% off!)