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A couple of days ago I came across the word ‘Waldeinsamkeit‘.  It is a German word and it basically translates to forest or woodland solitude.  A single word that encompasses the depth of joy, sadness, peace and loneliness that one can experience when in the forest alone.

Sadly, despite the fact that English is a very complex language with an evolutionary history that is made of elements of Latin, French and German, it has no single word equivalent to this.  How is it that one word can say so much and yet not have an equivalent in what has become one of the most used languages of the world and is supposedly the language of poets and scholars?

(Learning about ‘waldeinsemkeit’ made me think back to this old image of mine, which I have updated accordingly for this post.)


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