Definition: Dépaysement (French)

Dépaysement

[ pronounced dePAZEmon ]

French for a feeling of giddiness you feel in an unfamiliar place, even if a bit unsettling where your excitement for being there overcomes it.

  • 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’d need a strong sense of curiosity about this one, cause the natural feeling towards many unfamiliar places is fear or hesitation or trepidation of some sort.

Definition: Ilinx (French)

Ilinx

[ pronounced IL-links ]
French word to describe a feeling of strange excitement from destruction, especially minor acts of chaos caused by you out of mischief rather than anything destructive, big or small, caused by others.

  • From the TEDTalk below (about 2:00 in), 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 feeling is a fun one to create any time you need a little spark in life! 🙂

How’s About Some Tennistainment?

Rain breaks at this year’s French Open tennis tournament have seen some of the best moments of the tournament so far! And it has nothing to do with tennis. However, it’s definitely entertaining, and that’s why I’m calling it tennistainment.

Start with this dance battle between Gael Monfils and Laurent Lokoli!

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Li Na Wins French Open On Way to Rock Stardom Status in China!

Li Na of China won the French Open today to become the first Chinese to win a tennis Grand Slam major tournament! Aside from the historic nature of the accomplishment, the future impact of how Li Na achieved this success on the Chinese tennis, athletic and general culture will be the defining impact of this moment.

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