mamihlapinatapai

If you struggled pronouncing the title of this note and wondered if that was even a real word, Let me tell you it is and definitely one of my favorite words. Here's Why

I first came across this word on 24th July, 2020 which coincidentally happened to be the 10th anniversary of Life In A Day: 2010 Documentary which was a collective project where people around the word documented what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010. All that footage was then made into this one hour long documentary on YouTube. It is so goddamn beautiful, and it will surely give you a different perspective on things. Can't recommend it enough, just watch it on YouTube.

Something are better experienced the original way and I think no matter what I try something gets lost in translation and it isn't exactly the same anymore, so here is the 90 sec. Click here to go to youtube i promise its not a rick roll.


Mamihlapinatapai

That moment or feeling when two people want to initiate something,
but neither wants to be the one to start it

  • Two tribal leaders both wanting to make peace but neither wanting to be the one to begin it, or two be people at a party wanting to approach each other and neither quite brave enough to make the first move.

The word is from the Yaghan Languague, which is currently a dead language. it is also listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”.


Into the rabbit hole:

  • Mamihlapinatapai Wiki Page: link

  • Some humorous Pronunciation: link

  • Mamihlapinatapai Urban Dictionary: link

  • How the Internet Changed the Meaning of 'Mamihlapinatapai: link

  • BBC: Lost language's untranslatable Legacy: link

  • From A blog, Analysis on the meaning & above BBC article: link

  • Mamihlapinatapai and Plek: A Critical Essay about Translation: link

  • Someone wrote a small poem: link

  • Someone wrote a small story: link


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