Have you ever experienced something so beautiful, new or satisfying, that it made you fall short of words? You know, where you literally can't find a word or a phrase to describe the emotions?
Not to worry! We've got you covered.
This research by University of East London psychologist Tim Lomas is a significant dip in the vast pool of "untranslatable words" many artists and creatives have been exploring for quite some time.
Focusing on "positive cross-cultural lexicography," Lomas managed to find 216 non-English words that could potentially help us enrich our vocabularies with much-needed phrases for positive concepts, such as love, friendship, and others.
Check out 15 of our favorite untranslatable positive words below:
Feierabend (German) — the festive mood that arrives at the end of a working day.
Gökottameans (Swedish) — waking up early with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing.
Ukiyo (Japanese) — a sense of living in moments of fleeting beauty, detached from the pains of life.
Queesting (Dutch) — to allow a lover to access one's bed for a chit chat.
Sobremesa (Spanish) — when the food has finished, but the conversation is still flowing.
Vorfreude (German) — intense, joyful anticipation derived from imagining future pleasures.
Koi no yukan (Japanese) — the feeling of meeting someone that falling in love with will be inevitable.
Mbukimvuki (Bantu) — to shuck off one’s clothes in order to dance.
Volta (Greek) — leisurely strolling the streets with a lack of destination.
Retrouvailles (French) — the joy people feel after meeting loved ones again after a long time apart.
Psithúrism (Greek) — the sound of wind rustling through the trees.
Gigil (Philippine Tagalog) — irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone because they are loved or cherished.
Schnapsidee (German) — an ingenious plan one hatches while drunk.
Vacilando (Spanish) — the idea of wandering, where the act of travelling is valued more than the destination.
Ishq (Arabic) — a true love that is all-consuming; reflects in the saying that "ishq is a fire that burns down everything but the object of desire."