What’s In a Word?

I feel so bad watching people run to catch planes home alone style. What a terrible feeling.

Other languages have all kinds of cool words for feelings.

In Spanish (mexican kind anyway), there is a word, pena ajena, for the sensation of being embarassed for another person.

Irish aka Gaelic has sgriob, which is the itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky.

The Germans have some real gems though- waldeinsamkeit is the feeling of being alone in the woods, backpfeifengesicht is a face badly in need of a fist.

Then there’s my personal favorite: kummerspeck, which refers to excess weight gained due to emotional overeating. The word translates literally to mean “grief bacon”.

English has a heck of a lot of words, but usually just many words with the same general meaning. Do we have any cool sensation-esk words like the ones above?

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