Words, words, words…

imageThe 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.

6 comments on “Words, words, words…

  1. 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.

      • 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.

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