Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Word Wednesday: Hygge

There is a Danish word, Hygge, that defies direct translation, but means warmth, comfort, coziness, fellowship, and simplicity. It does mean these things, but it doesn't ONLY mean these things, and it is said that even the sum of these words cannot completely convey the meaning. gives its pronounciation as "hooga" though it is said that it also defies pronunciation by any but the Danes.More than a word with a meaning in English, hygge embodies a state of being. It is described as the feeling you have when you are with your best of friends and family, huddled around the warmth of a mid-December fire on overstuffed sofas with a dram of Glogg in hand. Soft music is playing in the background and you are sharing stories and toasts by candlelight.

Having experienced hygge firsthand, I must tell you it is a wonder to behold. I look for it in every nook and crannie of this life, and have decided to embrace it wherever and whenever it presents itself. In these mugs at a local coffee shop, a little hygge was lying in wait. The rustic, forged iron fork lent a little. The carrot zucchini bread did its part. We were content.

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Splendid Little Stars said...

The word and concept sound wonderful! I hope to indulge often!
Thanks for sharing this word.

Deb G said...

Yes, and what a wonderful state of being you've captured!