Everyone needs a little help getting their creative juices flowing every now and then. We recently discovered six words related to art, beauty, and creativity that we’re betting you’ve never heard before, and they’re bound to give you some serious inspiration.
1. Meraki (n.): The soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.
This Greek word is often used when talking about cooking and design. Fun fact: It doesn’t have an English counterpart.
Use it: My food may not be 5-star, but I always cook with meraki.
2. Elysian (adj.): Creative or beautiful; divinely inspired; peaceful and perfect.
In classical Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields refer to a paradise of heroes immortalized by the gods.
Use it: We’re getting married on a mountain with elysian views.
3. Palinoia (n.): The obsessive repetition of an act until it’s mastered or perfect.
Not to be confused with paranoia.
Use it: She’s a skillful dancer thanks to years of training and intense palinoia.
4. Chimerical (adj.): Created by unchecked inspiration; fantastically visionary or highly improbable.
In Greek mythology, the Chimera was a fire-breathing monster made from the parts of multiple animals.
Use it: The Nobel Prize winning novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, is a chimerical tale about the history of a mythical village and its founding family.
5. Eunoia (n.): Beautiful thinking.
Eunioa is the shortest English word that contains all five vowels.
Use it: His compassion and eunoia make him a fantastic candidate.
6. Selcouth (adj.): Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous.
Selcouth is an Old English word and can be found in Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe from 1814.
Use it: My photography career takes me to selcouth locations around the world.
So there you have it: six inspiring words about making, creating, and imagining. See if you can use them all in a single sentence and leave it in the comments (we couldn’t do it!).