The English language is often lacking in words to describe one’s state of mind, deep feelings or ideas. Lucky for us, other languages do a much better job at verbalizing these for us, and I found a list that I can see myself referencing many times in the future. How nice it is to have a word for “the inconsolable longing in the human heart for we know not what; A yearning for a far, familiar, non-earthly land one can identify as one’s home. (Sehnsucht (n) Origin: German)
Check out the rest of the words, and see if you can relate at all to any of them. I wrote down my favorites in my journal to keep on hand…in fact, I think I found the perfect word to call my journal, LOL…Vagary (n) Origin: Latin – An unpredictable instance; a wandering journey; A whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.
Thank you for sharing that. I love words, especially new ones. Solivagant is great – very much like the original meaning of the French word ‘flanuer’, another favourite of mine.
Oooh! Tell me about “flanuer”…does it mean the exact same thing?
Sadly, many online dictionaries don’t do justice to the word. It really means to wander in a spiritual sense, and during the 18oo’s it was a pasttime of the rich and famous to wander about the city, almost aimlessly.
One book I’ve read uses the idea as a spiritual practice of surrender. It suggests an exercise of walking until you encounter someone or say a car, and then you turn to follow it. You cant stalk but gently follow at a distance until the next prompt. And then you see where you end up. It has some profound outcomes, but also some seemingly not-so-interesting ones, but who knows what it all means. Always something good to uncover.
And welcome to New Things…feel free to peruse around a bit. There’s a little bit of something for everyone here. On my way over to your place to see what I can see. Blessings.
I love finding new words, I try to introduce my class to a new one each day to grow their vocabulary.
Me too! My high school English Lit. Teacher did this for us too…would love to see your references! Welcome to New Things. Thanks for the comment 🙂