Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mamihlapinatapei

This word, the most succinct in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, could actually sum up a whole bunch of stories that I've just written. It apparently means a look shared by two people where each wishes that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start.

It's only a wonder than the word is from Tierra del Fuego and not Scotland. It describes perfectly the Calvinist Scots mindset.

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