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Word Wednesday: Hiraeth

"Lindsay felt hiraeth for all the places she once lived."

On this weeks Word Wednesday, Lindsay has presented the word "Hiraeth"

Hiraeth

noun

A blend of homesickness, nostalgia and longing, conveys a distinct feeling of missing something irretrievably lost.


Lindsay felt hiraeth for all the places she once lived.


Welsch


“Hiraeth is often likened to nostalgia in English or saudade in Portuguese, and it shares qualities with the German concept of sehnsucht, but none quite match exactly. It combines elements of homesickness, nostalgia and longing. Interlaced, however, is the subtle acknowledgment of an irretrievable loss – a unique blend of place, time and people that can never be recreated. This unreachable nature adds an element of grief, but somehow it is not entirely unwelcome.”


-“The untranslatable word that connects Wales.” Lily Crossley-Baxter

15th February 2021. https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210214-the-welsh-word-you-cant-translate

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