Words For Lockdown
What are some unusual or forgotten words that might apply to our current lives under lockdown?
From Ben Schott’s Schottenfreude. German Words For The Human Condition. 2013
Reassuring your hairdresser.
Staring at the refrigerator, hungry but unsure of what to eat.
A shameful love of bad food.
A preoccupation with certain numbers or numerical phenomena.
The short-term defense strategy of simply denying reality.
The uncomplicated delight of a perfectly wrapped parcel.
Reading horoscopes you don’t believe in.
From Joe Gillard’s Little Book of Lost Words. 2019
A complete inability to focus or concentrate due to a distracted, wandering mind.
Stomach pain or sickness from nervous anxiety.
To pretend to work without actually doing anything.
To hide in a corner.
Exhausted or fatigued from hard work.
A person who sleeps in later than is appropriate.
A small, cozy, snug place.
Header Photo: David Taffet
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