The 22 Most Delightful Words In Earth

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” 
― Rudyard Kipling

There are innumerable ways to communicate. Yet, of them all, words are singularly and undoubtedly the most powerful force available to humanity; if we learn to use them right, we unlock our most majestic potentials. 

The art of communication is the language of capability where the only link between you and the listener is the sentence you’re making, you must know with precision what each sentence says, what it doesn’t say and what it implies. When done right; the sky is the limit.

Our planet is vast and the 7,102 known languages it holds are each and all spectacular and perplexing. Every language is a world, a world with unique and incomparable wonders, flavors, tastes and aromas of it’s very own. Without proper translation, we would be imprisoned to the edges of our tongue and yet, there is an inestimable amount of exquisite words without literal adaptations. These are my favorite twenty-two.

Serendipity

English

Finding something good without looking for it

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Redamancy

English

An act of loving the one who loves you; a love returned in full

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Orenda

Iroquoian

A mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change in their own lives.

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Komorebi

Japanese

Sunlight filtering through trees

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Meraki

Greek

To do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work

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Laotong

Chinese

A friendship bonding two girls together for eternity as kindred sisters

 Goya

Urdu

The suspension of disbelief that occurs in good storytelling; a story that feels like reality

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Serein

French

The fine, light rain that falls from a clear sky at sunset or in the early hours of night; evening serenity

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Hiraeth

Welsh

A homesickness for a home you can’t return to, or that never was

Ubuntu

Nguni Bantu

The belief that we are defined by our compassion and kindness toward others

Mångata

Swedish

The glimmering, road-like reflection the moon creates on water

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Ya’aburnee

Arabic

Both morbid and beautiful at once, this incantatory word means “You bury me” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them

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Retrouvaillies

French

The feeling of joy when you are reunited with a loved one after a long separation

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Metanoia

Greek

The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life

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Mellifluous

English

A sound that is extremely smooth and musical, pleasing to hear

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Wabi-Sabi

Japanese

A way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay

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Firgun

Hebrew

The simple, unselfish joy that something good has happened to someone else

Petrichor

English

The pleasant, earthy smell after rain

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 Aesthete

English

Someone with deep sensitivity to the beauty of art or nature

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Onsra

Serbian

The bittersweet feeling that love won’t last

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Cafuné 

Brazilian Portuguese

The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair

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Nunchi

Korean

The ability to gauge the mood of others, read the atmosphere, and react appropriately

 

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” 
 ― Mark Twain

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