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Words

A collection of my favourite words and phrases from various languages:

  1. sisu - Finnish word for something akin to “stiff upper lip”. It is used to describe the Finnish spirit of extreme will and determination in the face of adversity.

  2. Vergangenheitsbewältigung - German word for dealing with issues from the past. Literally ‘past-overcoming’. Often means dealing with their national socialist history.

  3. takk for sist - Norwegian phrase, equivalently used in English somewhat like “nice to see you again,” but it literally means “thanks for last (time).”

  4. 木漏れ日 (komorebi) - Japanese word, specifically referring to sunlight filtering through leaves.

  5. dépanneur - In Québec French, it means a corner store, particularly one that sells alcohol. The word comes from dépanner, meaning ‘to help out, fix, repair.’

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