Is there anything better than laughter?
(Ice cream? Diamonds? Whatever, it was meant to be a rhetorical question.)
I recently learned that Marathi, an Indian language with over 40 million speakers, has at least eight different words to describe laughter:
Khudukhudu: The soft giggles of young children
Phidiphid: Raucous, almost obscene laughter
Hyahya: Polite laughter
Phisphis: Mocking laughter
Khadakhada: The loud laughter of children
Khaskhas: Mild chuckles
Khokho: Guffawing that is loud and rowdy
Khikhi: Laughing like a horse
EIGHT DIFFERENT WORDS. I love that.
Especially that last one.
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