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10 Worldy Words We Need to See More

Words. They are the foundation for all communication. Even computers use language in a way that is similar to ours. Without words there would be no society, no humanity, and definitely no books. 

The only problem is: There’s about 1 bagillion words in existence. How can we keep track of them all? Instead of opening our dictionary to give each word its due, we compiled a short list to stimulate your love of language.

1. Waldeinsamkeit
German – “The feeling of being alone in the woods” 

Ex: My reading nook is meant to simulate waldeinsamkeit.

2. Wabi-Sabi
Japanese – “a way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.”   

Ex: Eating pizza and watching Netflix is my way of achieving wabi-sabi.

3. Meraki
Greek – “Doing something with soul, creativity, or love.”

Ex: People love the dancers dance performance because there’s so much Meraki and intrigue.

4. Jayus
From Indonesia, “meaning a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.”

Ex: Everyday my boyfriend tells me a Jayus; that’s why I love him.

5. Shemomedjamo
Georgian – “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”

Ex: I had to tell Bill that I shemomedjamoed his pizza again. 

6. Tartle
Scottish – “The act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name.”

Ex: I tried to introduced my wife to my neighbor today but I tartled.

7. Tingo
Pascuense (Easter Island) – “the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them.”

Ex: I tingoed my neighbors entire bookshelf and he still hasn’t realized it.

8. Sisu
Finnish – “the quality of being a badass. The word is usually equated with the Finnish national character.”

Ex: One day, you will be the sisu you were born to be.

9. Mbuki-Mvuki
Bantu – “to shed one’s clothing spontaneously and dance naked in celebration.”

Ex: I am always finding excuses to mbuki-mvuki.

10. Nunchi
Korean – “the subtle art of evaluating others’ moods from their unspoken communications”

Ex: You must understand nunchi when trying to buy a used car.

These words have been contributed by: matadornetwork, stephenliddell, and chroniclebooks! Check them out for even more words to love!