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Topic: 1) A tight squeeze (1 of 3), Read 64 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Toby Lester (toby@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 08:05 AM

Stephen Dixon, of Orlando, Florida, writes: "I have for years now been trying to find (or create) the perfect translation of the word 'gemas' into English. It is an Indonesian word that means the feeling of love that you have when you squeeze a baby or a dog (pet) so hard that it cries or squeals. You are not trying to hurt it, but you cannot control your emotions; it is not a bad thing, because everyone else understands that you just feel 'gemas' towards the baby or pet -- or even wife, if you give her a bear hug that hurts just a bit. (This is especially used for when you hug and hug and hug, and your limbs are shaking in excitement, and you can't let go because you are 'gemas' towards the one you love.)

"If you know of this word, or have a suggestion, let me know."

Toby Lester (for Barbara Wallraff, who is on vacation).


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Topic: 1) A tight squeeze (2 of 3), Read 58 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@endeavors.org)
Date: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 11:31 PM

Joseph Heller's book "Something Happened" is about
an over-protective parent who ends up smothering
the child through fright and panic that the child
may be harmed. Cracks me up, 500 pages it takes
for something to happen. I would try and combine
protective and ebullient. My suggestion: protebullient

Greg


So, since you are filling in, why is it whenever I write
word suggestions, the "Preview/Spell check" always complains
about them? ;-)
On 3/3/99 8:05:03 AM, Toby Lester wrote:
>Stephen Dixon, of Orlando,
>Florida, writes: "I have for
>years now been trying to find
>(or create) the perfect
>translation of the word
>'gemas' into English. It is an
>Indonesian word that means the
>feeling of love that you have
>when you squeeze a baby or a
>dog (pet) so hard that it
>cries or squeals. You are not
>trying to hurt it, but you
>cannot control your emotions;
>it is not a bad thing, because
>everyone else understands that
>you just feel 'gemas' towards
>the baby or pet -- or even
>wife, if you give her a bear
>hug that hurts just a bit.
>(This is especially used for
>when you hug and hug and hug,
>and your limbs are shaking in
>excitement, and you can't let
>go because you are 'gemas'
>towards the one you love.)
>
>"If you know of this word, or
>have a suggestion, let me
>know."
>
>Toby Lester (for Barbara
>Wallraff, who is on vacation).
>
>
>



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Topic: 1) A tight squeeze (3 of 3), Read 49 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Gross (adg@pobox.com)
Date: Thursday, March 04, 1999 10:07 PM

On 3/3/99 8:05:03 AM, Toby Lester wrote:
>Stephen Dixon, of Orlando,
>Florida, writes: "I have for
>years now been trying to find
>(or create) the perfect
>translation of the word
>'gemas' into English. It is an
>Indonesian word that means the
>feeling of love that you have
>when you squeeze a baby or a
>dog (pet) so hard that it
>cries or squeals. You are not
>trying to hurt it, but you
>cannot control your emotions;
>it is not a bad thing, because
>everyone else understands that
>you just feel 'gemas' towards
>the baby or pet -- or even
>wife, if you give her a bear
>hug that hurts just a bit.
>(This is especially used for
>when you hug and hug and hug,
>and your limbs are shaking in
>excitement, and you can't let
>go because you are 'gemas'
>towards the one you love.)
>
>"If you know of this word, or
>have a suggestion, let me
>know."
>
>Toby Lester (for Barbara
>Wallraff, who is on vacation).

How about "hurg" = "hug" + "hurt".

"I just wanna hurg you! Oh, you
cracked your rib last week? Maybe
later."




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