On this New Year’s day, I wish you sprezzatura for 2022.
…other languages dish out positivity a little better than us. They have a splash of what the Italians call sprezzatura, a careless, thrown together nonchalance or indifference to life’s curveballs.
Not quite ready for that? Then you could aim for respair.
But one English word surely stands above all others from the corners of the dictionary. I mention it all the time, because I’m determined to bring it back. Or bring it anywhere in fact, for it never really enjoyed more than a day in the sun. “Respair” has just one record next to it in the Oxford English Dictionary, from 1525, but its definition is sublime. Respair is fresh hope; a recovery from despair. May 2022 finally be its moment.
Indeed. May 2022 be the moment for many good things.
PS Thanks to Reader John for this link to a delightful Guardian article on reclaiming long-lost positive words.
PPS Me, I’m going to continue my one-woman campaign to restore “take” to its former place in the sun.