Kilig is a Tagalog (Philippine) word that means to shiver; It’s butterflies in the stomach and that sweet rush of warmth and utter soul filling elation. Kilig – it’s one of those words that has no real English translatable equal and it’s almost a shame, because it’s such a wonderful and thrilling word. I mean, to shiver with delight or to have one’s heart ache with so much happiness and pure joy it feels as though it might burst at any moment – that is kilig. While it may relate perfectly to romantic situations, I feel kilig can and does apply to many of life’s experience.
In all my forays into the English language and it’s vast and ever expanding vocabulary, I have yet to come across a word that could so aptly describe a so all-consuming, gleeful, floating on cloud nine feeling. I want to be able to use kilig in a natural way, like “I’m feeling kilig today!” or “Talking with him makes me feel kilig – I’m crushing so hard!”. I am sure kilig will now become a very steady part of my personal vocab and I want to share the word with everyone I meet!
Share the word and let’s make kilig something to be known!
Namaste ~ Ella
** If there’s a word you’d like to see added to the Word Nerd roster, please feel free to drop me a line or suggest it in the comments – I love feedback and recommendations!