Definition: Amae (Japanese)

Amae

[ pronounced aMAI ]

Japanese for a feeling of pleasure when you are temporarily hand over the safety of your life to someone else.

  • From the TEDTalk below (at about 11:25), by Tiffany Watt Smith, which includes a bunch of emotions where there are no words in English, but which you may well have experienced, but never had one single word to describe them! Or which you may go out and try to see if you can conjure up the feeling from hints in its definition for where and/or under what conditions one might experience it.

 

You would need to really trust someone to do this, but it’s quite possible for many.

Definition: Accidie (Ancient)

Accidie

[ pronounced Assidee or aCEEdia ]
Word from early days of Christianity among those living in the desert, describing a feeling of lethargy and despair (like after lunch sluggishness), caused by demons who came out to infect them at lunch time.

  • From the TEDTalk below (at about 4:50), by Tiffany Watt Smith, which includes a bunch of emotions where there are no words in English, but which you may well have experienced, but never had one single word to describe them! Or which you may go out and try to see if you can conjure up the feeling from hints in its definition for where and/or under what conditions one might experience it.

 

This one is also common enough to use in everyday life to describe how you’re feeling, after lunch on work days probably, to remember easily through repetition.

Definition: Retrovirus

Retrovirus

A type of virus that uses RNA as its genetic material. After infecting a cell, a retrovirus uses an enzyme called reverse transcriptase to convert its RNA into DNA. The retrovirus then integrates its viral DNA into the DNA of the host cell, which allows the retrovirus to replicate.

 

Hear the fascinating story of how retroviruses were found and proven against the vast majority of scientific opinions that deemed the idea to have been nonsense for many years! This is like science-fiction of the nasty kind, found in this Revisionist History podcast episode below!