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What is "hygge"?

New York Times answer: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/fashion/wintering-the-danish-way-learning-about-hygge.html?hp=click=Homepage=story-heading=mini-moth=top-stories-below=top-stories-below

And how long will it take for American consumerism to ruin it?

For extra credit: are kittens and puppies hyggelige? Or only long-time family-member cats and dogs? And if so, which? with reasoned answers.

December 25, 2016

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

no, animals are not hyggelige in general.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

kittens and puppies are "nuttede" (cute) or "søde" (sweet/cute)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rappelke

I think they are in Britain.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rappelke

Probably because they always want to go out, and hygge seems to be about staying in.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

"hygge" is a kind of contentment that steals over you when you have a feeling of being anchored in a cosy moment, where people are agreeable and everything is alright for the time being. If that includes having a purring cat on your lap, then the cat is also part of the "hygge".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rappelke

The Times article took a lot longer to say essentially the same thing. (There was a dog in their picture.) Americans are already trying to find ways to make money out of this new, trendy idea.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

Hygge is 'cozy' in Danish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecalmar

In Denmark we have the word "uhyggelig" which means scary. it's like the opposite of "hygge". The word "hygge" is actually in the word "uHYGGElig"

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