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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.

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"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".

1 year ago

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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.

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feeling anchored and feeling contentment are at the very heart of 'hygge' and the Times article didn't get that. I can't imagine a catalogue of products that lead to 'hygge', no matter how fuzzy or knitted they are!

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maybe healthcare for everyone is necessary for 'hygge' to really work.

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no, animals are not hyggelige in general.

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

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I think they are in Britain.

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haha, how so?

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The British have a reputation for being animal lovers. There was a Royal Society for the Protection of Animals before there was one for children.

Look at the books they are raised on: Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit et al.), Black Beauty, The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, the Just So Storiies, Lassie Come-Home, ... The animals are not cute, they're morally superior to most of the humans in them.

So, are children hyggelige?

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children do not fall under the meaning of hyggelig either. Hyggelig is not the same as cute

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

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Hygge is 'cozy' in Danish

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Very true.

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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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