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Word Nerd: Cachinnate

Cachinnate means to laugh loudly or immoderately. Cachinnate originates with the Latin cachinnāre (to laugh boisterously, guffaw) and it's a word of imitative origin modeled after the sound of laughter. Cachinnate is similar to other imitative origin words about laughter that include khakha, which is Proto-Indo-European in origin, kachazzen, which is Old High German, kachazein,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Cachinnate

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Word Nerd: Ante Mortem

Ante Mortem means before death. Ante Mortem (sometimes antemortem) is derived from the Latin ante (before) and mortem mors (death). Ante Mortem is not necessarily morbid, it's more of a reminder of the time before death when life is still present and aware. Autumn is truly a season of ante mortem since it is the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ante Mortem

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Word Nerd: Friluftliv

Friluftliv (pronounced free-loofts-leave) is a Scandinavian word that translates literally as free-air life. Friluftliv was coined by the Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen in his poem "On The Heights" in 1859. Friluftliv is a philosophical notion that broadly describes how a strong connection to nature unlocks a personal sense of vitality and freedom. For most Norwegians,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Friluftliv

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Word Nerd: Alamort

Alamort means exhausted or half-dead. Alamort can also be used as an adverb with the meaning to the death. Alamort derives from the French à la mort (to the death). Alamort is a fairly obscure word these days. Perhaps it's time for a comeback since almost everyone has been feeling one form of alamort or… Continue reading Word Nerd: Alamort

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Word Nerd: Nunchi

Nunchi is a Korean concept signifying the subtle art and ability to listen and gauge others' moods. Nunchi first appeared 17th century as nunch'ŭi ("eye force/power"). Nunchi is literally translated into English as eye-measure, though it's closest in meaning to emotional intelligence. Nunchi is a vital component to interpersonal relationships and to general happiness since… Continue reading Word Nerd: Nunchi

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Word Nerd: Egregore

Egregore is an occult concept representing a thoughtform or collective group mind that becomes an autonomous entity with the power to influence. Egregore derives from the Greek word egrégoroi (watchers). Egregore is a somewhat apt term for these current times since using the psychological terminology, egregore describes that sense or impression one can get when… Continue reading Word Nerd: Egregore