Emotionally Positive Words Not Found in English

(this beautiful list of words are selected from the collection of Dr. Tim Lomax, whose page I discovered thanks to this isn’t happiness)


  • Gula: Spanish for the desire to eat simply for the taste
  • Sobremesa: Spanish for when the food has finished but the conversation is still flowing
  • Mbukimvuki: Bantu for “to shuck of one’s clothes in order to dance”
  • Schnapsidee: German for coming up with an ingenious plan when drunk
  • Volta: Greek for leisurely strolling the streets


  • Nakama: Japanese for friends who one considers like family
  • Kanyininpa: Aboriginal Pintupi for a relationship between holder and held, akin to the deep nurturing feelings experienced by a parent for their child
  • Gigil: Philippine Tagalog for the irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone because you love them so much
  • Kilig: Tagalog for the butterflies in the stomach you get when interacting with someone you find attractive
  • Sarang: Korean for when you wish to be with someone until death


  • Sitzfleisch: German for the ability to persevere through hard or boring tasks (literally “sit meat”)
  • Baraka: Arabic for a gift of spiritual energy that can be passed from one person to another
  • Jugaad: Hindi for the ability to get by or make do
  • Desenrascanco: Portuguese for the ability to artfully disentangle oneself from a troublesome situation
  • Sprezzatura: Italian for when all art and effort are concealed beneath a “studied carelessness”

My Bubba || Gladden House Sessions 2015 – YouTube


These guys specialize in short songs, jingles, and lullabies.

My Bubba – Knitting  – Lyrics:

On a farm
In a barn
Feeling lonely
But I got some yarn

Ooh yeah
Got the yarn
Got the yarn
I'm gonna do some knitting

In a boat
Slit my throat
Feeling bad
But I still got somma that

Ooh got the yarn and
I'm gonna do some knitting
Knit knit knit knit knit
I need to do some knitting

Oopsie-daisy!  Posted the lyrics under the “wrong” video.  Here’s a better link for the impatient:

Just knitting, everybody!
They nailed it.

my mouth should chase them