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Word Nerd: Myötähäpeä

Myötähäpeä is Finnish for personal embarrassment one feels on account of and for another who is making a fool of him or herself. Myötähäpeä is the combination of myötä (co-) and‎ häpeä (shame). Myötähäpeä is that feeling of embarrassment or shame that one can feel for another person or character when they do something cringey,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Myötähäpeä

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Word Nerd: Lugubrious

Lugubrious means mournful, sorrowful, dismal, or melancholy especially in a way that seems exaggerated. Lugubrious derives from the Latin lugēre (to mourn). Lugubrious was first used around 1585. Lugubrious is something of a mouthful of a word that holds a heavy, sad, though often exaggerated meaning. While one can mourn deeply over something or someone,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lugubrious

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Word Nerd: Esperance

Esperance means hope. Esperance is an obsolete or archaic word that derives from Middle English esperaunce (hope) which derives from the Old French esperance (hope), which in-turn derives from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), which is from the Latin spērāre (to hope). Esperance was first recorded being used around 1400-1450. Esperance can also be describe as… Continue reading Word Nerd: Esperance

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Word Nerd: Vade Mecum

Vade Mecum is something a person carries about for frequent or regular use. Vade Mecum can also refer to a favorite book carried everywhere. Vade Mecum is a Latin phrase that literally means "go with me". Vade Mecum most often refers to a small reference or guide book that one carries with them. In more… Continue reading Word Nerd: Vade Mecum

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Word Nerd: Cwtch

Cwtch means a loving cuddle or hug, especially one that makes someone feel very happy and safe. Cwtch can also mean a cupboard or cubbyhole. Cwtch is a Welsh word that originates from cwts (couch) and from the French couche (couch). Cwtch (pronounced kutch) is such a cozy, comfortable, loving word. Cwtch is like hygge,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Cwtch

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Word Nerd: Mantra

  Mantra is a word or formula chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer. Mantra is a Sanskrit word from manyate (he thinks) and it first started being used around 1795. A mantra or mantram in Sanskrit, Pali and other languages is a group of words in sacred utterance, a numinous sound, or a… Continue reading Word Nerd: Mantra