are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup

Summercamp words September 1, 2009

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This summer,  I spent two weeks at two different international summer camps (an Esperanto week in Slovakia and a Loesje camp in Spain) and collected a few words there. (My translations or additions are in italics.)


batocchio (Italian)
It’s a part inside the bell.

caleidoscopio (Spanish “caleidoscope”)

desalniettemin (Dutch “nevertheless”)
klinkt niet alleen zo goed, maar geeft in één woord een tegenspraak na een conclusie/argument (al het voorgaande overwegende)
not only does it sound good, but it also contradicts a conclusion/argument in one word (taking into account all that has been said)

eibofobie (Dutch)
(angst voor palindrooms)
leuk woord, omdat het de angst voor zichzelf omschrift
(fear of palindromes) nice word, because it describes the fear of oneself

ora fiŝo
(Danish) goldfish

Japana vorto kiu pli malpli signifas beleta, sed verŝajne estas malfacila difini ekzakte tiun vorton
Japanese word which more or less means cute, but it’s probably difficult to define this word exactly

knyppla (Swedish “to knot”?)

“word” in Spanish

not because of the meaning, I just really like how it sounds

one of my favourite German words is
This word was the first one i gave Anna-Emilia, a Canadian friend of mine, living in Vienna at that time as a birthday present. The word Vielfalt expresses the meaning of diversity so well to me because the verb falten (= to fold) makes the picture of something small, made out of paper appear in my imagination, that is getting bigger + bigger and more + more diverse when you unfold it. (I still send her words each year)



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I finally found the time to scan the first postcards I got. I’m very sorry for taking so long. Now I’m back in the Netherlands and found more great cards in my postbox! Thank you all so much! I have to find a possibility to scan here, then they’ll be put online as well.



Thank you! July 6, 2009

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Mary, Glenn, “Lindenhof” people, thank you so much for your postcards! Lisa, I’m looking forward to yours (haven’t looked at your blog yet, want to keep it a surprise.)

Unfortunately, I can’t scan right now (no uni), but I hope I’ll be able to put the cards online in august at the latest.


Hello world! February 25, 2009

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I love language, languages and getting mail.

Today, 15/06/2009, I start collecting words.

I come across a great deal of them daily, but there are many more languages than I will ever hear and I need your help searching for the most beautiful lexical items out there. Of course, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder or rather ears of the listener, so don’t worry about what others consider beautiful, by sending me your favourite (in any language) you’ll make my day!

It would be great if you could send a postcard with the word on the front and maybe a translation and/or explanation why you like it on the back. If you feel creative, you can of course make a little artwork of the front (that would be great, in fact!), but it is important to me that the word is written  somewhere on the front.

Do you want to participate?

Fantastic! Send your favourite word to

Vossendijk 215/9
6534TV Nijmegen
The Netherlands

By sending a postcard you agree that I may post a scan of it on this blog.

Thank you so much!