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I love this Dutch word...
We had a sociable game of Tenpin Bowls with the granddaughters yesterday....felt gezellig to me :)

According to Wikipedia, “A perfect example of untranslatability is seen in the Dutch language through the word gezellig, which does not have an English equivalent. Literally, it means cozy, quaint, or nice, but can also connote time spent with loved ones, seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness.”

You’ll hear the word a lot when you are among the Dutch, so here are some indications as to how to understand and use it:

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Marielou Dhumez26-Apr-2010 14:09
This word is cosy for interpretation ! and I think you found the best one for you !
Dave Hein13-Apr-2010 07:31
Cool shot. I haven't bowled in years and years. There was a time when I would be in an alley 5 nights a week!
Doug Cruden12-Apr-2010 16:02
Nicely mystery-ised (if you see what I mean!!). The shadows and silhouettes really make this a wonderful shot, excellently done Laine...
Carl and Racine Erland12-Apr-2010 00:51
A lovely representation of the 'gezellig'....nice lighting and mood. - Racine
Brenda12-Apr-2010 00:26
Great interpretation of "gezellig"! I think my mother would agree too even though this isn't something that people in their 70's would do (at least in her world!).
Brenda12-Apr-2010 00:26
Great interpretation of "gezellig"! I think my mother would agree too even though this isn't something that people in their 70's would do (at least in her world!).
J. Scott Coile11-Apr-2010 21:16
Family fun!
Inga Morozoff11-Apr-2010 20:27
I agree, that is indeed gezellig!
Patricia Kay11-Apr-2010 17:16
Love this image Laine...a fun day out will have done you the world of good...BV
Ali Majdfar11-Apr-2010 16:41
Fantastic moody capture and traetment. ~V
Bill Reed11-Apr-2010 11:17
Wonderful image, the light and focus are perfect.
Vince11-Apr-2010 09:30
Wonderful composition. Lovely effect. Very creative work. Vote.
Gérard Koehl11-Apr-2010 07:23
Magnifique. V
heather11-Apr-2010 06:21
Excellent shot Laine! V
borisalex11-Apr-2010 06:05
Gezellig indeed and lots of fun too! Nice shot!
Yvonne11-Apr-2010 03:50
Love the light you captured, gives the scene a touch of magic!
Bryan Murahashi11-Apr-2010 03:16
Fun colorful capture.
Cindi Smith11-Apr-2010 02:58
Bowling with those you love....a lot of fun and a lot of gezellig! Excellent work here.
LynnH11-Apr-2010 01:07
I call it "warm fuzzies". I'm so glad you enjoyed a gezellig day with your loved ones, Laine! Bowling is so much fun!
Frank Brault11-Apr-2010 01:06
Wonderful atmosphere!
Roe..11-Apr-2010 00:57
magical this composition
Fay Stout11-Apr-2010 00:53
Good choice and interpretation...
Nick Arena11-Apr-2010 00:12
Fabulous mood Laine..V
nomadicdragon10-Apr-2010 23:32
Cool shot. Looks like cosmic bowling. lol
sue anne10-Apr-2010 22:25
Cool effects in the bowling alley.
poochdad10-Apr-2010 22:17
a fun occasion for the family.
Graeme10-Apr-2010 21:17
This is excellent Laine!!..V!
Ann...10-Apr-2010 20:52
Well whatever you call it I'm sure you had fun!
Colin Storey10-Apr-2010 20:50
Great shot, love the soft focus, and indeed a great way to spend time with loved ones.
Walter O. Koenig10-Apr-2010 20:35
Who doesn't like rolling a few frames and being gezellig with friends? Nice one for gezellig Laine.
Kevin Chester10-Apr-2010 20:16
Great what you have created, it describes the word well. We have a few words in the Northern dialect that have multiple meanings like this, trouble is the rest of England wouldn't know what they meant, never mind the world.
Coleen Perilloux Landry10-Apr-2010 20:01
Good capture--a shot for all occasions, you are.
maggie_falconi10-Apr-2010 19:59
Great capture Laine!! Amazing light! V
Bernard Davis10-Apr-2010 19:35
Nice shot and very appropriate for the word.
Mairéad10-Apr-2010 19:22
Great atmospheric shot.
Johnny JAG10-Apr-2010 19:13
Lovely mood here Laine.
franz10-Apr-2010 19:04
Roule maboul!Very pretty laine.Vote
Stephanie10-Apr-2010 19:03
So glad that you had a day of "gezellig"!! This really is a terrific shot Laine ~ wonderful silhouette & lighting / colors!
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