Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego):
The wordless yet meaningful look
shared by two people
who desire to initiate something,
but are both reluctant to start.
Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. It’s that delicious, cusp-y moment of imminent seduction. Neither of you has mustered the courage to make a move, yet. Hands haven’t been placed on knees; you’ve not kissed. But you’ve both conveyed enough to know that it will happen soon… very soon
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