You know howimages you hear a word that’s new to you and suddenly it’s everywhere? For me, that word is saudade. It’s Portuguese, and means a kind of deep longing. I read it yesterday for the first time, and remarked on it to myself, because I do that with new words, and then damn if I didn’t hear it again this morning in an NPR story. I’m not experiencing saudade (say it, it’s wonderful) for anything in particular, and actually less so than usual, but there it is. Saudade.

I feel a deep longing for new words. I love them. They’re like candy, but more satisfying. I don’t love candy, but I’ll fight you for a Mint Milano cookie.



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