LEARN NEW WORDS

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Are you fa­mil­iar with mor­gen­frisk, the Dan­ish word de­scrib­ing the sat­is­fac­tion of a good night’s sleep? Or otium,

Latin for the hap­pi­ness of be­ing in con­trol of your own time? How about the Dutch pre­toog­jes, de­scrib­ing the twin­kling eyes of some­one en­gaged in be­nign mis­chief? If not, we know a man who is: Tim Lo­mas, psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor of the book The Hap­pi­ness Dic­tionary: Words from around the world to help us lead a richer life. His work in­volves un­cov­er­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal in­sights by col­lect­ing un­trans­lat­able words for plea­sur­able feel­ings we don’t have lan­guage for in English. Lo­mas has un­earthed 1,000 so far. Read­ing them makes us so happy we feel like mak­ing Lo­mas a feestvarken – a Dutch word mean­ing “some­one in whose hon­our a party is thrown”. dr­tim­lo­mas.com/ lex­i­cog­ra­phy

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