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When Speaking English Isn’t Enough — The Atlantic

Just love Cody’s articles. Always so introspective and insightful. Kind of inspiring me to raise the bar.

Cody Delistraty

Learning another language can increase one’s ability to focus and multitask, and it can offset dementia and Alzheimer’s

There’s a certain sinking feeling one gets when thinking of the perfect thing to say just a moment too late. Perhaps a witty parting word could have made all the difference. There is no English word to express this feeling, but the French have the term l’esprit de l’escalier—translated, “stairwell wit”—for this very phenomenon.

Nor is there an English word to describe the binge eating that follows an emotional blow, but the Germans have kummerspeck—“grief-bacon”—to do just that. If we had the Swedish word lagom—which means something is just right—the English explanation of Goldilocks’ perfectly temperate soup could have been a lot more succinct. Or the term koi no yokan, a poetic Japanese turn of phrase that expresses the feeling of knowing that you will soon fall in love…

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