The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty - 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel - Tiffany Watt Smith 2016


When visitors are due to arrive, a fidgety feeling sprouts up. We might keep glancing out of the window. Or pause midsentence, thinking we’ve heard the sound of a car. Among the Inuit this antsy anticipation, causing them to scan the frozen Arctic plains for approaching sleds, is called iktsuarpok (pronounced eet-so-ahr-pohk).

Might the restless checking of our phones, waiting for an expected response to a text or comment on a status update, be a type of iktsuarpok? Constantly refreshing the screen to see if a hoped-for e-mail has arrived can feel like one of the most distracting aspects of contemporary life. Perhaps it’s not the technology, however, as much as our desire for human contact in an isolating world, that is to blame.

For another feeling provoked by visitors to remote places, see: AWUMBUK.