The Deliciousness of Words – III

RECAP: Continuing from the last time… Having come across a collection of some of the most evocative words in languages other than English that have no direct equivalents – and each of which having struck a chord in me – I’m going to post them a couple at a time, with explanations (not mine) and complementary visuals, for you to savour. And a request to all readers  – can we make this interactive, where you can also contribute some more in languages you speak / know, which I will compile?

Ths time, Japanese, a little downbeat, about the current state of the world…


n. a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world—mending the fences of your expectations, weeding out all unwelcome and invasive truths, cultivating the perennial good that’s buried under the surface, and propping yourself up like an old scarecrow, who’s bursting at the seams but powerless to do anything but stand there and watch.


And for those who missed the earlier ones in this series –

The Deliciousness of Words – II

The Deliciousness of Words – 1





  1. Well I take comfort in the fact that someone understood exactly this experience to originate this word. I also see the positive in this word in the way it presents a unifier for all of us, knowing that we’re not alone in the problems we face in own circumstances or countries. The irony then is that we ought to feel more powerful than powerless😀

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