jean
jean

I worried that moving to a new place about a third the size of my house, with just a small balcony instead of a backyard, might make me feel a bit trapped during this ongoing pandemic.

In fact, I feel less isolated. It was a bit lonely having all that space with no visitors.

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renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@jean I’d call your new home ‘cozy.’ We Dutch have a untranslatable adjective, ‘knus’, which is like cozy or snug, but you need to live here to understand its meaning. In a ‘knus’ home, you feel totally at home, where the heart is.

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jean
jean

@renevanbelzen Oooh, I love learning about untranslatable words. Knus has a nice ring to it.

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odd
odd

@jean @renevanbelzen In Norwegian “knus” means to break, or destroy something, especially used about glass.

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maique
maique

@jean Happy it’s working out for you 😊

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sod
sod

@odd It has the same meaning in Swedish (knusa), but I don't hear it used that often. For our mutual neighbors, who speak Danish, knus also means hug. @jean @renevanbelzen

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odd
odd

@sod Funny you should mention that, because I thought about “kram”/“cram” when i saw “knus”. Maybe I’ve heard the Danish version… “Knus” is a command word in Norwegian, written like that. E.g. “Knus vasen!”, (“Smash the vase!”). @renevanbelzen @jean

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jayeless
jayeless

@jean I'm glad your apartment move is working out well! And I know what you mean – we live in a small block of five units, with a shared driveway, and we get to cross paths with and chat with our neighbours nearly every day. Lockdown is still isolating, but at least it feels a little less so like this 😌

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jean
jean

@odd @renevanbelzen @sod This all reminds of the line from Hänsel and Gretel:

Knusper, knusper, knäuschen, wer knuspert an meinem Häuschen?

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odd
odd

@jean @sod @renevanbelzen Yes, they crush the little house with their little teeth.🦷🦷🦷🦷(hugging and glass breaking is kind of crushing too), and a cozy house is kind of hugging you 🧒🏼👧🏼🏡🍬🍭🧙‍♀️

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