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At VOS we enjoy sharing concepts and ideas with the world. VOS Vocabulary is our new series of unique words from different cultures and countries. In this blog post, we highlight the most interesting findings.
The word fernweh is a combination of the words fern, meaning distance, and wehe, meaning an ache, misery or sickness. It translates to 'far woe' or an ache to explore far-flung places. It's the opposite of heimweh (homesickness), and it's a pain many of us are feeling now more than ever.
Kefi is the spirit of joy and enthusiasm, in which good times are expressed with an abundance of happiness and fun in Greece. To the Greeks, kefi is a way of life. Many describe it as the “Spirit of Greece” because people are able to have fun, relax, and enjoy life no matter what is happening. In general, kefi is the way Greeks express their positive emotions.
Nomophobia is a term describing a growing fear in today's world - the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact. The term, an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia", was coined during a study by the UK Post Office who commissioned YouGov, a UK-based research organisation to look at anxieties suffered by mobile phone users.
“Latibule” means a cozy, safe, hidden away place. One where a soul can rest, find comfort and solace. A latibule is a necessity if one is to keep their sanity intact and their heart strong. Learning how to be content with yourself and especially when you are on your own, will bring you inner peace that can be helpful for self-reflection.
Ukiyo means living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life. It’s a Japanese art movement that flourished from the 17th to the 19th century and produced paintings and prints depicting the everyday life and interests of the common people.
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