Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hrepenenje

A real linguistic rarity is hrepenenje. Contradicting the rules of logic, this Slovenian term expresses a feeling of longing for something that hasn’t yet happened. Therefore it seems that the word seems to be something totally opposite to here and now. According to some, the hrepenenja state is dangerous as it is linked to the necessity of staying out of touch with the reality and remaining in the undefined, fantasy sphere.
- Café Babel: Untranslatable words of ‘longing’ across Europe

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