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Word Nerd: Meliorism

Meliorism is the belief that the world can be improved through human effort. Meliorism was most likely drawn from the Latin melior (better) or the English meliorate, which is a synonym of ameliorate (to make better). Many credit British novelist George Eliot with coining meliorism and meliorist (an advocate of meliorism) in 1877, though meliorist… Continue reading Word Nerd: Meliorism

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Word Nerd: Lagom

Lagom is a Swedish term and philosophy that means just the right amount. Of course, lagom (like many Swedish terms) doesn't have a true English language equivalent, rather more an attempt to capture the essence of the word. Lagom är bäst or The right amount is best, is a Swedish proverb that sums up the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lagom

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Word Nerd: Hygge

Hygge (pronounced HU-guh) is a Danish word and way of living. Hygge, roughly and simplistically translated, means creating and fostering a warm, cozy atmosphere and enjoying it with the people you adore. I've been seeing hygge pop up here and there and the idea of it appealed to my quaintrelle soul. While hygge is not… Continue reading Word Nerd: Hygge