Have you ever experienced Tarab – “a musically induced ecstasy or enchantment”? Or what about the strong urge to Gigil – “the irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone because they are loved or cherished”? How about Desbundar – “shedding one’s inhibitions in having fun”?
These are very precise emotional experiences taken from Arabic, Tagalog, and Portuguese cultures. And if you are wondering what equivalent word do we have in the English language for these emotional experiences, we don’t. But thanks to Tim Lomas from the University of East London, we might soon.
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