mamihlapinatapai Reference

mamihlapinatapai
Fuegian word from Tierra del Fuego below Argentina and Chile
“a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin.”

“Yaghan (also known as Yamana) is a language isolate of South America, not known to be related to any other living language. It was once spoken in Tierra del Fuego. As of 2011 only one elderly Yamana woman still speaks the language fluently, but one of her granddaughters is working to record, learn and teach the language again. ”
Tierra del Fuego

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One thought on “mamihlapinatapai Reference

  1. Well that is awesome. I love the meaning of Mamihlapinatapai. Being a shy girl, I can totally relate. I hope the granddaughter is able to revive the language. Seems like very important work. Thank you for the meaning explanation. ♡

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