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Dec 4, 2019
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fulgor
inquiline
jouissance
worricow

jouissance
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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with Anu Garg

jouissance

PRONUNCIATION:
(ZHWEE-sans)

MEANING:
noun: Pleasure; ecstasy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French jouissance, from jouir (to enjoy). Earliest documented use: 1484.

USAGE:
“Artists were allowed, indeed encouraged, to lead more libidinous lives on behalf of others who had, of necessity, to leave their jouissance at the door while they worked.”
Hanif Kureishi; The Last Word; Scribner; 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I will try. -Rainer Maria Rilke, poet and novelist (4 Dec 1875-1926)

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