"The cold and careful Lady Mary Crawley… Well, we know better now."
Mary, Mary, quite contrary… (“A storm braver if ever I saw one.”)
|—||Neil deGrasse Tyson in response to “Aliens can’t exist because we haven’t found them yet” (via we-are-star-stuff)|
Gezelligheid is a Dutch abstract noun (adjective form gezellig) which, depending on context, can betranslated as convivial, cosy, fun, quaint, or nice atmosphere, but can also connote belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness that gives a warm feeling.
The only common trait to all descriptions of gezelligheid is a rather general and abstract sensation of individual well-being that one typically shares with others. All descriptions involve a positive atmosphere, flow or vibe that colors the individual personal experience in a favorable way and in one way or another corresponds to social contexts.
As this is a very vague and abstract notion, the word is considered to be an example of untranslatability, and is one of the hardest words to translate to English. Some considerthe word to encompass the heart of Dutch culture.
"Thank goodness. You laugh like a regular person. The way you fell from the sky, I thought you were an angel or something."
While Russia continues to claim it has no involvement in the civil conflict in Ukraine, the selfie-strewn Instagram profile of Russian soldier Sanya Sotkin may tell a slightly different story. A story which is landing Russian President, Vladimir Putin in even more hot water than he’s already in.
With the unwanted help of the ‘Photomap’ feature in Instagram, the 24-year-old’s Instagram profile shows a number of self-portraits that are geotagged inside the borders of Ukraine. More particularly, inside rebel-controlled territory, some of it dangerously close to the location of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was tragically shot down, killing all 298 people on board.
Mr. Putin, tear down this firewall!
aziz ansari’s voice in the back of my head faintly telling me to treat myself is going to be my downfall