Various emerging nations began to claim words for the acute sense of longing associated with nostalgia, or homesickness maybe. These words supposedly could not be translated properly, but must be understood in that language (the tongue of the homeland, so to speak). Milan Kundera speaks of the Czech litost; there is the Polish toska; the Portuguese and Brazilians have saudade; and Romanians claim dor.

I’m investigating if there is an Irish equivalent.

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