For Lack of a Better Word

Evie Bellew and Elana DeSantis investigate how the words we use shape our reality: the utility that language has in our lives as well as the moments in which words are not enough. Each week they bring you a new word (that you’ve never heard before) and a range of meditations on its meaning.


Yugen is a Japanese word that is very difficult to translate. It’s used to express the subtle profundity of things. Producers Evie and Elana talk to children and experts about the concept.


Producers Evie Bellew and Elana Desantis discuss the dynamics of a word: waldeinsamkeit.


A look into the Norwegian word Forelsket, and the many – or not so many – ways we talk about love.