The 10 most depressing words in the world, illustrated by animals

1. Saudade (Portugese)


A deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return. A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing.”

2. Han (Korean)


“A collective feeling of oppression and isolation in the face of overwhelming odds. It connotes aspects of lament and unavenged injustice.”

3. La Douleur Exquise (French)


The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have, and knowing that you will still try to be with them.”

4. Kuebiko (Japanese)


“A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of horror, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world.”

5. Mal de Coucou (French)


“A phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends—people who you can trust, who you can be yourself with, who can help flush out the psychological toxins that tend to accumulate over time.”

6. Tocka (Russian)


“Great spiritual anguish, often without a cause. Ache of soul, a longing with nothing to long for.”

7. Sehnsucht (German)


“Thoughts and feelings about all facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences. It has been referred to as ‘life’s longings’; or an individual’s search for happiness while coping with the reality of unattainable wishes.”

8. Torschlusspanik (German)


“‘Gate-closing panic,’ used to describe the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages. This word is most frequently applied to women who race the “biological clock” to wed and bear children.”

9. Jayus (Indonesian)


“A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.”

10. Litost (Czech)


Agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.”