25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

There’s a Word for That!

Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls.

25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

You can find my favorite words below – pick five that resonate most, write them down, yes seriously – go grab a pen -, make sure to learn them by heart, teach them to your inner voice and share them with others to guide our collective attention to what truly matters. Oh – and don’t forget to visit and follow the Tumblr ‘OtherWordly‘ to find more words, to support the author and perhaps send a special word you know her way.

25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

1 – Sophrosyne

sophrosyne
pronunciation | “so-frO-‘sU-nA                                              Greek script | σωφροσύνη

note | To everyone who is thinking “I want to get there” and also to everyone who is thinking “I’ll never get there”—you will. Even if it’s a battle, keep fighting, because you are good and strong and valuable, and your happiness is worth it.


2 – Vorfreude

vorfreude
pronunciation | ‘for-froi-duh

3 – Numinous

numinous
pronunciation | ‘nU-mi-nus

Note | The word originated in religious usage, but it can be applied to natural experiences as well as supernatural. It can also mean “suggesting the presence of something holy or divine”.

4 – Nemophilist

nemophilist
pronunciation | ne-‘mo-fe-list

5 – Sillage

sillage
pronunciation | ‘sE-yazh

Note | sillage is how close a perfume stays to your skin; perfume with light sillage does not leave much trace in the air. also, not to be confused with silage (sy-ladzh), which is a type of cow food.


6 – Erlebnisse

erlebnisse
pronunciation | Ar-‘lEb-nis-e (ayr-LEEB-nis-eh)

singular | Erlebnis


7 – Koyaanisqatsi

koyaanisqatsi
pronunciation | koy-an-Es-kot-sA

8 – Meliorism

meliorism
pronunciation | ‘mE-lE-or-iz-m

9 – Fernweh

fernweh
pronunciation | FEIRN-veyh, with fei as in feint

10 – Ostranenie

ostranenie
pronunciation | ‘os-tra-“nen-E

note | generally used as an art term Russian | остранение

11 – Smultronställe

smultronstalle
pronunciation | “smUl-tron-‘stel-e

12 – Mamihlapinatapai

mamihlapinatapai
pronunciation | ma-mE-la-pin-ya-ta-pI Original art by a2star.

13 – Rasasvada

rasasvada
pronunciation | ‘ra-sas-“va-da

14 – Acatalepsy

acatalepsy
pronunciation | a-‘cat-a-lep-sE

15 – Weltanschauung

weltanschauung
pronunciation | wElt’-An-sh-au-“unG

16 – Hiraeth

hiraeth
pronunciation | ‘hEr-rIth (HEER-eyeth, with a fast heer and a soft th)

17 – Nefelibata

nefelibata
pronunciation | ne-fe-lE-‘ba-ta

18 – Firgun

firgun
pronunciation | fEr-‘gOn Hebrew script | פירגון

19 – Metanoia

metanoia
pronunciation | (meh-tah-NOY-ah)

20 – Dérive

derive
pronunciation | de-‘rEv

21 – Orenda

orenda
pronunciation | or-en-da

22 – Sehnsucht

sehnsucht
pronunciation | zEn-‘zUkt

23 – Tsundoko

tsundoku
pronunciation | tsUn-dO-kU (tsoon-doh-koo) Japanese script | 積ん読 kanji, つんどく hiragana

24 – Gezellig

gezellig
pronunciation | CHe-‘zel-iCH (CH being a soft guttural sound, as in German; something like a rough h)

25 – Cafuné

cafune

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