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Welsh has a word - hiraeth - which is a combination of homesickness and nostalgia but is more than either. This is a very interesting site about the Welsh language.

I've also discovered that Portuguese has a word - saudade - which means the same thing.
 
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According to the Y Geiriadur Mawr Welsh hiraeth means 'longing, nostalgia; grief'. It is related to the word hir 'long' and hiraethu 'to yearn; to sorrow'. I wonder if it is a loan-translation of English 'to long'? Portuguese saudade is from Latin solitas and is related to Spanish soledad. (Too bad we don;t have a word solity.) Nostalgia is from the Greek nostos 'return home' and algos 'pain'.


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