• Lypophrenia: a feeling of sadness seemingly without a cause

  • Drapetomania: an overwhelming urge to run away

  • Escapism: a mental desire to retreat from unpleasant realities through fantasy

  • Wanderlust: a desire to travel, to understand one’s very existence

  • Dysania: the state of finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning

  • Sanctuary: a small safe place in a troubling world

  • Metathesiophobia: fear of change


In many parts of the world birthmarks are believed related to the thoughts and actions of the mother. They are called voglie in Italian, antojos in Spanish, and wiham in Arabic, all of which translate to “wishes,” because of the assumption that birthmarks are caused by unsatisfied wishes of the mother during pregnancy.

For example, if a pregnant woman does not satisfy a sudden wish or craving for strawberries, it is said that the infant may bear a strawberry birthmark; if she desires wine and does not satisfy the wish, a port-wine stain birthmark may result; if the desire for coffee is not satisfied, café au lait spots my result.

In Dutch, birthmarks are called moedervlekken, in Danish modermærke and in German Muttermal (mother-spots) because it was thought that an infant inherited the marks solely from the mother. In Iranian folklore, it is said that a birthmark appears when the pregnant mother touches a part of her body during a solar eclipse. Some beliefs hinge on “maternal impressions” — birthmarks and birth defects appearing when an expectant mother sees something strange or experiences profound emotional shock or fear.

latin phrases worth knowing:

latin phrases worth knowing:    

(in case you wanted to know because i fucking love this language)

  • ad astra per aspera to the stars through difficulties
  • alis volat propriis – he flies by his own wings
  • amantium irae amoris integratio est – the quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love
  • ars longa, vita brevis art is long, life is short
  • aut insanity homo, aut versus facit – the fellow is either mad or he is composing verses
  • dum spiro spero – while I breathe, I hope
  • ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem – with the sword, she seeks peace under liberty
  • exigo a me non ut optimus par sim sed ut malis melior – I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better than the bad
  • experiential docet – experience teaches
  • helluo librorum – a glutton for books (bookworm)
  • in libras libertas – in books, freedom
  • littera scripta manet – the written letter lasts
  • mens regnum bona possidet – an honest heart is a kingdom in itself
  • mirabile dictu – wonderful to say
  • nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit – there is no book so bad that it is not profitable in some part
  • omnia iam fient quae posse negabam – everything which I used to say could not happen, will happen now
  • poeta nascitur, non fit – the poet is born, not made
  • qui dedit benificium taceat; narrat qui accepit – let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it
  • saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit – often, it is not advantageous to know what will be
  • sedit qui timuit ne non succederet – he who feared he would not succeed sat still
  • si vis pacem, para bellum – if you want peace, prepare for war
  • struit insidias lacrimis cum feminia plorat – when a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears
  • sub rosa – under the rose
  • trahimir omnes laudis studio – we are led on by our eagerness for praise
  • urbem latericium invenit, marmoream reliquit – he found the city a city of bricks; he left it a city of marble
  • ut incepit fidelis sic permanet – as loyal as she began, so she remains