i found these words in a friends note and was totally fascinated with them...what do all of u think about any or all of them

lets dish!!!

u tell me if u've been affected in these ways or done these things

  1. Toska

Russian – Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

  1. Mamihlapinatapei

Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego) – “the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start” (Altalang.com)

  1. Jayus

Indonesian – “A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh” (Altalang.com)

  1. Iktsuarpok

Inuit – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Litost

Czech – Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, remarked that “As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it.” The closest definition is a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.

  1. Kyoikumama

Japanese – “A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement” (Altalang.com)

  1. Tartle

Scottish – The act of hesitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name. (Altalang.com)

  1. Ilunga

Tshiluba (Southwest Congo) – A word famous for its untranslatability, most professional translators pinpoint it as the stature of a person “who is ready to forgive and forget any first abuse, tolerate it the second time, but never forgive nor tolerate on the third offense.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Prozvonit

Czech – This word means to call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. In Spanish, the phrase for this is “Dar un toque,” or, “To give a touch.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Cafuné

Brazilian Portuguese – “The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Schadenfreude

German – Quite famous for its meaning that somehow other languages neglected to recognize, this refers to the feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune. I guess “America’s Funniest Moments of Schadenfreude” just didn’t have the same ring to it

  1. Torschlusspanik

German – Translated literally, this word means “gate-closing panic,” but its contextual meaning refers to “the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Wabi-Sabi

Japanese – Much has been written on this Japanese concept, but in a sentence, one might be able to understand it as “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Dépaysement

French – The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country . 15. Tingo

Pascuense (Easter Island) – Hopefully this isn’t a word you’d need often: “the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them.” (Altalang.com)

  1. Hyggelig

Danish – Its “literal” translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly, cozy demeanor, but it’s unlikely that these words truly capture the essence of a hyggelig; it’s likely something that must be experienced to be known. I think of good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire. (Altalang.com)

  1. L’appel du vide

French – “The call of the void” is this French expression’s literal translation, but more significantly it’s used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places

. 18. Ya’aburnee

Arabic – Both morbid and beautiful at once, this incantatory word means “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them

. 19. Duende

Spanish – While originally used to describe a mythical, spritelike entity that possesses humans and creates the feeling of awe of one’s surroundings in nature, its meaning has transitioned into referring to “the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.” There’s actually a nightclub in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion, where I teach, named after this word. (Altalang.com)

  1. Saudade

Portuguese – One of the most beautiful of all words, translatable or not, this word “refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost.” Fado music, a type of mournful singing, relates to saudade. (Altalang.com)

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nan shartel Sept. 8, 2011 @ 12:16 p.m.

well it looks like comments r chaotic again..leave me one if u can....otherwise just think about them and comment later

i can tell u toska has spun it's web around me 4 like forever...hahahahahaha...it helps me be a poet....and a maker of the meanest Margarita going when ennui sets in...hahahahahaha

tartle falls into my dictionary but i think it's just my age (teflon mind u know)

Ilunga...yep that be me...hahahahaha

Cafuné...yes yes yes...the longer the hair the better...i'll brush it 2 if u wish

horse hair brush......

Wabi-Sabi...a most admirable trait that i personally have affirmed 4 many years

Saudade...yes of course...hasn't everyone felt this???

i need to think more about some of these


quillpena Sept. 11, 2011 @ 11:39 a.m.

Nice collection of words, nan. I especially took interest in the Czech word, litost. Another word that sounds similar, regarding “agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery,” is Dukkha, the first of the four noble truths of Buddhism. Dukkha maintains that life is inevitably transient and therefore fraught with agony because of excessive desire and attachment. The inherent nature of human existence, the noble truth dictates, is the painful emptiness of persistent material and emotional longing and the cold embrace of suffering that our attachment to things and all relationships brings.

Dukkha is bliss, dukkha is misery; dukkha is the human condition—dukkha is simply living. Dukkha is the dichotomy of life, the constant ebb and flow; the intermittent flutters of joy, the fleeting ripples of sadness, and all of the other momentary emotions in between that, without apology or intent, endlessly bathe us, eroding us physically and washing over our souls, wearing us down like smooth and compact stones from the sea. They sometimes click together briefly as they spin and roll in the surf, seemingly always and without end, until, ultimately, they are reduced to grains of sand, but still they go on

Buddhism seems like an honorable though perhaps imposing religion. I’ve considered pursuing and adopting all of its profound philosophies, but the severely pragmatic teachings just seem so sad. It’s almost as if, in becoming a Buddhist, you’ve decided to give up on life, but, at the same time, you continue to endure the misery of existence simply to demonstrate the fundamental and deeply intellectual value of your chosen denomination.


nan shartel Sept. 11, 2011 @ 12:47 p.m.

i 2 considered Buddhism Quill...and even spent some time at Shasta Abbey

"Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives"


but i have difficulty becoming involve in any process which expects me to wait until death for either a reward or a release

i tend to be a human secularist and think i should make hay while the sun shines

i find of all the faiths the broad panorama of Hinduism most suits me...with its chaotic learning unlearning and relearning curve possible with re-birth

Dukkha...thank you for reminding me of this word...it is in it's circular reality wonderful and all encompassing

it makes me sigh...with the the wisdom of the Universe at it central core....promising a totality of both emotional and physical experience....it reminds me of Fauvist painting...those wild Frenchmen with their hurricane brushes and extraordinary colors of paint

thanks 4 ur in depth comment...u made my day!! ;-D

i fight attachment every day Quill...and often lose the battle...i deepen in the process and know i'll do better in my next lifetime...Darshan


quillpena Sept. 11, 2011 @ 2:33 p.m.

Ditto that, nan. I hope in the next life (if there is one) that I will have evolved into a better person.


nan shartel Sept. 12, 2011 @ 11:31 a.m.

if i come back as a dog i know i'll be a better person ;-D


Ruth Newell Sept. 13, 2011 @ 6:09 a.m.

Wonderful, Nan...Wonderful, QP...thank you so much for your words and wisdom. Look for me in the swan pond.


nan shartel Sept. 13, 2011 @ 10:41 a.m.

i'd know that elegant neck anywhere Roody ;-D


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