A new series under BBC Culture will look to explore words from different languages all over the world that cannot be directly translated into English.
The first installment features the word gigil, a popular Filipino word, that describes a feeling that everyone has felt at some point or the other in their lives, some more than others.
As the video defines, gigil is an uncontrollable feeling when one is overwhelmed by an emotion, typically used in reference to something cute, such as a baby or a puppy.
The internet has multiple other explanations for the word, gigil. An extreme urge to squeeze someone or something usually brought about by a cute or irritating object.
All ultimately pointing to the same general emotion. The word originates in Tagalog, one of the major languages in the Philippines and is used in tow with other supporting words from the language.
The fascination towards untranslatable words isn’t new, and this isn’t the first time that this particular word has surfaced in the context either. But the problem with the numerous compilation lists circulating the internet is that, while they do put out a short explanation of the words, one wouldn’t exactly be able to grasp aspects like usage and undertones from them – something that this video by BBC captures perfectly.