Flow

Flow

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flow (flō, fləʊ, floʊ) verb. 1. to move along or run smoothly in a stream; to circulate 2. to proceed steadily and easily 3. to exhibit a smooth or graceful continuity noun. 1. the smooth motion characteristic of fluids 2. a stream, current or flood 3. continuous movement or circulation flu·ir Doesn’t life feel like a river? A steady flow, running fluidly along a stream. Sometimes low tide, sometimes high. Sometimes the current is strong, sometimes weak. Doesn’t life […]

Often

Often

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of•ten (ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-) adverb. 1. many times; frequently. 2. in many cases.  fre·quen·te·men·te |qüen| How often do you pronounce the t in often? Often enough to change, perhaps. Quite often, we tell lies to ourselves. Every so often, we say we cannot, when we know we can. More often than not, we get to believe in those stories we tell. Quite […]

Retune

Retune

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re·tune (riːˈtjuːn)  verb. 1. to tune (a musical instrument) differently or again 2. to tune (a radio, television, etc) to a different frequency res·sin·to·ni·zar Did you ever feel unattuned, out of tune, like a radio unable to find the right frequency? I do. Many of us do. There will always be times when you feel out of place, out of time, out of tempo. Like a piano in a dissonant tone, […]

Imperfect

Imperfect

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im·per·fect (ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt)  adjective. 1. not perfect; characterized by defects or weaknesses 2. not complete or finished 3. (Grammar) of a verb form that expresses an uncompleted or ongoing action im·per·fei·to(a) You are. I am too. And as obvious as this may be, we tend to forget that we were all born imperfect. You are imperfect when you conjugate verbs in the present while talking about the past. I […]

Blurred

Blurred

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blurred (blɜːd)  adjective. indistinct or hazy in outline; unclear in form or expression turvo(a) Blurred is what life is. Most of the time. Against our desire for clarity. And we must keep going, we always have to, even especially when things get blurred. Because somehow, somewhere, at a given step of the way, things will get clearer and the […]

Air

Air

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air (ɛər)  noun. 1. The atmosphere. A colourless, odourless and tasteless gaseous mixture, mainly nitrogen and oxygen that surrounds the earth. 2. An atmospheric movement; a light breeze. 3. The sky.  ar Can you think of a word simpler than “ar”? It feels as light and effortless as its own meaning. And it makes you want to repeat it over and over through your day, a thousand times if needed: ar… ar… […]

Globetrotter

Globetrotter

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globe•trot•ter (ˈgloʊbˌtrɒt ər)  noun. A person who travels often and widely to countries all over the world. cos·mo·po·li·ta I love the expression cidadão do mundo. I love even more the expression globetrotter. And how I wish one was the translation of the other. But, no. The dictionary often prefers to translate “globetrotter” as “cosmopolita”, perhaps out of respect due to our dear Greek word kosmos. […]

Light

Light

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light (laɪt) noun.  electromagnetic radiation of any frequency or wavelength, sometimes visible by the normal human eye verb. 1. to set on fire; to ignite or burn 2. to emit light; to become luminous 3. to provide, cover, or fill with light; to illuminate adjective. 1. characterised by or filled with light; bright 2. not dark in colour 3. having a greater degree of lightness; not heavy luz • iluminar • leve I thought of August and wished to talk about lightness. But […]

Breath(e)

Breath(e)

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breathe (briːð) verb. 1. to take a pause; rest 2. to take air into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire 3. to move or blow gently, as air 4. to speak softly; whisper 5. to live; exist ( res·pi·rar )   breath (brɛθ) noun. 1. the capacity to breathe; the act or […]

Overload

Overload

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o·ver·load (ō′vər-lōd′) transitive verb. o·ver·load·ed, o·ver·load·ing, o·ver·loads. To load too heavily. noun. An excessive load. so·bre·car·ga I often feel this weight. But, when I look around, I realise that I am not the only one. This persistent “overflow” has become the rule rather than the exception, to progressively settle in as our default mode. Each […]