Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hearing about Hygge

This was posted by Collins Dictionary on November 03, 2016 "Top 10 Collins Words of the Year 2016". The first word is “Brexit” and the second, “Hygge”.

I came across this word while listening to podcasts. This episode “Forget Your Troubles, Come On, Get Hygge” had been broadcasted*** on the program “On Point with Tom Ashbrook”. Here is the link:

Some of the notes I made listening to the episode are here:

'Hugge' is an invented word from Denmark meaning coziness. (Hugge was said to be the center of Danish happiness.?)

The first question which was put in the radio program was:
“What is happiness when the day is dark and cold?”
The answer was that it is collection of things.
It involves:
needed socks
coffee or tea or warm chocolate
other people ( friends not strangers) hanging around a dining table
things made from wood
watching a film
reading a book

The story about a "hyggelly time": A group of people came back after hiking in December in the Swedish mountains. They were sitting back in the cabin near the fireplace, relaxing and one of them asked: “Could this be any more huggelly?**”. The answer was “Yes; if there was a storm outside”.

During the days of dark and cold, there is a natural way to keep a confidence: coming home, take off your shoes, lie on a sofa under a warm blanket.

This concept of Hygge is very useful. Cozy, warm, snug, that's what sensible people try to achieve when it's snowy and sleeting/sleety and not nice to go out.

Here are links to some articles about this phenomenon:
New York Times: Move Over, Marie Kondo: Make Room for the Hygge Hordes
New Yorker: The Year Of Hygge, The Danish Obsession With Getting Cozy
The Guardian: The Hygge Conspiracy

This text was corrected by 
Bluebottle (nickname on Here are corrections: part1 and part2.
Bluebottle's comments:*Generally, it's good style to avoid 'which', 'that'. They usually clutter things up and can almost always be avoided. Beware, however, academics love them! Also if you want to clearly emphasise the start of a clause, you can begin it with 'that....' (that is very useful in science etc).
**or, heavenly.
***'broadcasted' implies once only. 'broadcasting' implies continuance.

Very huggelly written!

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