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Word Nerd: Saudade

Saudade is a deep emotional state of longing for a person or thing that is absent. Saudade is a Portuguese and Galician term that has no direct equivalent in the English language. "Bitter sweet" is similar to saudade if lacking the poetic potency and aching beauty that saudade encompasses. Saudade is a word thoroughly saturated… Continue reading Word Nerd: Saudade

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Word Nerd: Anthomania

Anthomania is an extreme fondness or love of flowers. Anthomania derives from the ancient Greek ἄνθος or anthos (flowers) and mania (a madness). Anthomania is such an enchanting word which seems so fitting for something as alluringly lovely as flowers. With their soft, delicate petals, multitudes of colors and intoxicating array of fragrances, there is… Continue reading Word Nerd: Anthomania

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Word Nerd: Thole

Thole means to endure. Thole is a Middle English word used before the 12th century (oftentimes as tholian). Thole also has a second definition which is used as a synonym for a peg or pin or can refer to the set of pins placed in the gunwale of a boat to keep an oar in… Continue reading Word Nerd: Thole

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Word Nerd: Mysa

Mysa means to engage in an activity that is comfortable and pleasurable, especially at home, being content and cozy. Mysa is a Swedish word and concept, like hygge or fika, that has no direct English word equivalent. Mysa is truly the most perfect word for this Covid world-turned-upside-down that we are all currently residing in.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Mysa

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Word Nerd:Primaveral

Primaveral means of or relating to early spring. Primaveral originates from the Spanish or Italian primavera (spring). Primaveral is something of the ideal spring word since it relates to all that make-up the early spring days. From the very first hints of new, green growth, to the earliest blossoms (like the cherry or peach), to… Continue reading Word Nerd:Primaveral

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Word Nerd:Shoshin

Shoshin refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions. Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism that means "beginners mind". The practice of shoshin is the practice of seeing the world with wonder and unknown possibilities, like a beginner would. Shoshin in Zen Buddhism is used when referring to studying a… Continue reading Word Nerd:Shoshin