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Robert Macfarlane
Word of the day: "cynefin" - one's place of true belonging, the habitat with which one feels most attuned (Welsh). Distinct from "hiraeth".
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✡️Namir Yedid ✊🏻 May 16
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
A lovely word. But how to pronounce it???
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Sarah Burton May 16
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
distinct in the sense that cynefin is a general habitat in which you feel belonging but hiraeth is a specific place...?
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Elin Roddy May 16
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Hiraeth can be a longing for somewhere that doesn't necessarily exist. Cynefin much more concrete concept. (Still prefer 'hiraeth')
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Anwen Evans May 16
Cuh-nev-in - one f in Welsh is always a v sound.
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Anwen Evans May 16
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
It can also mean habitat in general. For example, 'y cadno yn ei gynefin', the fox in its habitat.
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Jo Cartmell May 16
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Cynefin, for me, is a chalk stream. As I stand listening to the stream, watching its wildlife and listening to exquisite birdsong I dissolve
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Megan O-R May 16
Funnily enough, it's a word that describes Wales for me - a place I am connected to but wasn't raised in. Specifically the Brecon Beacons.
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Rob Smith May 16
I think hiraeth also includes feeling of loss - a place/time to which you cannot return.
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Dr 🦑 Sea 🐙 May 17
Is this similar to tūrangawaewae?
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Francesca Rhydderch May 17
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Hiraeth more of a feeling than cynefin, maybe, which conveys - to me - physical as well as emotional attachment to a place.
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Julie Nicholas May 17
One for housing & .
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Stuart Dunn May 17
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Welsh has particularly wonderful and affective names for locations, and they often don't translate well. Cwtch is my favourite.
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Dianne Murphy 📚 May 17
Just what I was thinking 🇳🇿
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Ruth Watkins May 17
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
This is said of sheep hefted on the mountain.
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Kim French May 17
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
This word which in each person will evoke a different place - cynefin
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Bridport Sophie May 17
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
presumably one could feel hiraeth for one's cynefin?
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Cerys Matthews May 17
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Can be repackaged as backyard ;) i.e. my backyard...or ..hood.
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Cerys Matthews May 17
exacto.well put.
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Bridport Sophie May 17
Oh good. It resonates so strongly for me.
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