states without names
Ages ago, I got really into great, evocative foreign words and phrases with no English equivalent. Words such as Kummerspeck, the German word for the weight you gain from emotional eating. Phrases like l'esprit de l'escalier, the French phrase for "staircase wit," the moment when you think of the perfect reply or comeback only when it's too late to use it.
I got to thinking about all of the neglected states that don't have their own translation (that I'm aware of) in any language. Let's bring awareness to these poor, forgotten feelings that everyone knows, but no one knows how to say.
I'll be posting these states regularly, in the hopes that one of you might be able to give them names, English or otherwise. Without further delay, our first state:
The emotion of being resigned to the imminent death of a loved one who then survives.
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