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  • Saudade (Portuguese) = an intense, bittersweet nostalgia; "a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves."
    • Hiraeth (Welsh)
    • Keurium (Korean)
    • Wajd (Arabic)
    • Sehnsucht (German)
    • Nostalgia (English)
  • Kintsukuroi (Japanese) = "to repair with gold"; when one takes a broken object and uses gold to fill the cracks, with the understanding that the brokenness has made it more beautiful
  • Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan) = a look shared between two people, both wishing for something to happen, but neither wanting to initiate
  • Cafune (Portugese) = running your fingers through a lover's hair
  • Synchronicity (English) = "the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner."
  • Serendipity (English) = "the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it."
  • Yugen (Japanese) = a profound, emotional awareness of the universe that can't be put into words
  • Koi No Yokan (Japanese) = a premonition of love; the sense, upon first meeting someone, that the two of you are going to fall in love
  • Nuannaarpoq (Inuit) = taking an inordinate pleasure in being alive
  • Ya'burnee (Arabic) = "you bury me"; a way of telling someone you'd like to die before they do because you can't bear the thought of living without them
  • Jaaneman (Hindi) = "the life of my soul"; a term of endearment for a lover
  • Qualia (English) = "a philosophical term that refers to the subjective qualities of sensory perception and the feeling they generate"
  • Tanzih (Arabic) = transcendence; "to declare something pure and free of something else"; used to denote the incomparability of God to humans
  • Muraqaba (Arabic) = "to watch over"
  • Mono no aware (Japanese) = bittersweet awareness of transience
  • Mokita (Kivila) = "truth we all know but agree not to talk about"; akin to 'the elephant in the room'
  • Lacrimae rerum (Latin) = "tears of things"
  • Femweh (German) = longing to be far away
  • Tu me manques (French?) = I miss you (literally: you are missing from me)
  • Gumusservi (Turkish) = moonlight shining on water
  • L'esprit de l'escalier (French) = "staircase wit"; the experience of coming up with a comeback/retort after one has already left the scene
  • Sobriquet (English) = "a nickname which is familiar enough such that it can be used in place of a real name without the need of explanation"

Simple, Lovely Words

  • Weltschmerz (German) = world-weariness
  • Wanderlust (English) = a strong desire to wander
  • Petrichor (English) = the smell of rain on dry earth
  • Sakinah (Arabic) = tranquility
  • Coquelicot (French) = wild corn poppy
  • Papillon (French) = butterfly

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