#WordsIDidntKnow – Gaman (‘endurance’)

One attribute highly prized in Japanese society is that of "gaman", or "endurance". Gaman is the quality of enduring what seems unbearable with dignity and grace. The idea basically that is that if there's something unpleasant around you, it's better to tough it out in an act of self-sacrifice rather than act immediately to change... Continue Reading →

Isn’t it macaronic? #wordsIdidntknow

macaronic ˌmakəˈrɒnɪk/ adjective 1. denoting language, especially burlesque verse, containing words or inflections from one language introduced into the context of another. noun 1. macaronic verse, especially that which mixes the vernacular with Latin. As in Private Eye's Pig Latin Honorary Degrees, or the late Miles Kington's Let's Parler Francais... anabasis ‎(plural anabases) A military... Continue Reading →

Kaisen

"There is even a word in Japanese, kaisen, for these tiny steps towards growing new habits..." (Poulson, 2008)

Fun foreign words – Sehnsucht and Duende

Just the words, ma'am? Then skip the first two paragraphs. I have a glancing familiarity with some languages (French, Danish, Portuguese; minimal smatterings of others). One of the delights is learning words that have no direct translation (and then dropping them casually into conversations, in a puerile attempt at intellectual chest-beating. But I haven't done... Continue Reading →

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