You are Eve Malone – a pressing urge to get ‘out there’; a burning desire to explore; an overwhelming curiosity.
Included below is a small but ever-growing vocabulary list that enhances sophistication, wonder, overall impression-making ability and capacity to become an etymologist.
Eleutheromania (noun) like all great words and yogurt, it’s Greek and means an intense and irresistible desire for freedom.
Gluggaevõur (noun) An Icelandic term to mean ‘window weather’, a weather that looks so frightfully delightful through the window until you actually go outside. Best enjoyed with lightning and thunder and snow storms that mean you get the day off work.
Heliophilia (noun) ever heard of helioplex? heliocentric? helio is a fandankle word for SUN and so heliophilia is the keen desire to stay in the sun forever and ever until eventually you helioburn. Small cost.
Huzun (noun) the Turks are onto something. Imagine using one word to describe that melancholic feeling of inadequacy and failure that weighs so heavily on one person that it becomes communal, resigned and maybe even poetic (poetically depressing). Much better than trying to explain all these feelings in several longwinded text messages.
Nefelibata (noun) a fancy Spanish word that literally means “cloud walker”; it’s that one friend who lives in the clouds of their own imagination -‘off with the fairies’, if you please – and doesn’t really care so much for conventional society, literature, art or word choice.
Novaturient (adjective) that want you get to make a big change in your life, behaviour or situation. Mild case: “new hair, new me!” It doesn’t work like that. To be avoided.
Quaintrelle (noun) now this is what you want: a woman who emphasises a life of passion, expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm and cultivation of life’s pleasures.
Saudade (noun) Portuguese to mean a nostalgic longing to be near again to something or someone that is distant. A lost love; literally “the love that remains.”
Selcouth (adjective) to mean unfamiliar, rare, strange and yet marvellous. Think, the first time you tried avocado, salsa, cheese and refried bean dip altogether.
Solivagant (adjective) wandering alone. Originally Latin, would you have it.
Sonder (noun) the realisation that each individual passerby is living a life as vivid, complex and dynamic as your own. You appear in their lives only as a stranger who served them toasted hot-cross buns with extra butter please.
Tsundoku (noun) try saying this one five times fast. Okay, stop. It’s Japanese (fun, huh) for that habit you have for buying books and not reading them. Let’s extend this one to include borrowing books too, in the hope that one’s intellect will suddenly skyrocket to be able to enjoy reading Lord of the Flies.
Vagery (noun) a suspicious sounding word, much like its English origin, to mean an unpredictable instance; a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusual idea. This does not include ventures to the fridge late at night.
Feeling fancical? Pop your word in the comment bit, won’t ya?