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Definitions for saudade

(in Portuguese folk culture) a deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that is absent: the theme of saudade in literature and music.

Citations for saudade

… “The Girl From Ipanema” was a potent distillation of the concept of saudade, a feeling of melancholic nostalgia that characterizes so much Brazilian music. … Longing for the unattainable, and an acute sense of the moment’s slipping away: That’s saudadeStephen Holden, “Brazilian Yearning and Imminent Loss,” New York Times, March 21, 2014

Its name comes from the word saudade, which describes the melancholic nostalgia one feels for people, things, pleasures and times now lost.Antonio Tabucchi, Requiem: A Hallucination, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, 1994

Origin of saudade
Portuguese saudade ultimately derives from Latin sōlitāt-, the stem of sōlitās “loneliness, solitude.” (Latin -l- between vowels is lost in Portuguese; Latin -t- between vowels becomes -d- in Portuguese and Spanish.) The original Old Portuguese form soidade was altered to saudade under the influence of the verb saudar “to salute, greet” (from Latin salūtāre “to keep safe, pay one’s respects”). Saudade entered English in the 20th century.
Definições de saudade

(Na cultura popular portuguesa) um profundo estado emocional de recordação melancólica por uma pessoa ou coisa que está ausente: o tema da saudade na literatura e na música.

Citações para saudade

… “A Garota de Ipanema” foi uma potente destilação do conceito de saudade, um sentimento de melancólica nostalgia que caracteriza tanta música brasileira. … Desejando o inatingível, e um senso agudo do momento está escorregando afastado: Isso é saudade.Stephen Holden, “Anseio brasileiro e perda iminente”, New York Times, 21 de março de 2014

Seu nome vem da palavra saudade, que descreve a nostalgia melancólica que se sente por pessoas, coisas, prazeres e tempos agora perdidos. Altonio Tabucchi, Requiem: A Hallucination, traduzido por Margaret Jull Costa, 1994

Origem de saudade
A saudade portuguesa deriva, em última instância, do latín sōlitāt-, a raiz de sōlitās “solidão, solidão”. (O -l- latino,  entre as vogais, perdeu-se em português, o -t- latino, entre vogais torna-se -d- em português e espanhol. A forma portuguesa soidade foi alterada para saudade sob a influência do verbo saudar “para saudar, cumprimentar” (do latín salūtāre “manter-se seguro, pagar os respeitos”). Saudade entrou no inglês no século XX.

Por Edson José Cortiano

Who am I?
I don’t really know, but there are some things I can tell you about myself: my name, for instance. I’m Edson José Cortiano. I am 65 years of biological age (though I’m much younger/older spiritually) I live in the capital city Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, in the south of Brazil.

I am the proud father of a beautiful, wonderful, very bright woman called Lícia Brassac Cortiano (whom I call Lika), who’s a psychologist. When she was a teen, Lika would read Harry Potter to me, in English, making different voices for the different characters (I especially loved her Dumbledore). It was the best Harry Potter ever!

Professionally, I’m a teacher, translator, author and some people (very good friends of mine ;-) consider me an artist. I draw cartoons and comic strips, photograph, paint, illustrate books and write. I’m interested in improving myself and others physically, intellectually and spiritually. I’m into meditation, lucid dreaming, IF and moving (walking, mainly, but also wearing leg weights, bar and hand barbells).

I love nature, animals and plants, waterfalls, moonlit / starry nights, clouds, trees, grass, dogs, birds, cats – all cats, but especially my cats, Alien, Dorah and Ruby (they are my daughter’s, really) – horses ... even people ;-)

I don’t love stupidity, injustice, waste, pollution, materialism, prejudice, carnival, reality shows, people who do not clean up after their dogs, crowded places, especially supermarkets and buses and the VW van that sells donuts on my street, blaring ‘whipped cream filled donuts’, ‘crème filled donuts’ ... out of the very loud loudspeakers.

I love reading horror, poetry and comics. I write short stories, articles, plots for my comic strips (Espherozoa, The Philosopher, Chico Mate) and poems.

I love playing chess, cards and games such as the ones at Lumosity. On TV (actually, I don’t own a TV set), I only watch series and documentaries, especially on Netflix. Some of my preferences: Chasing Coral (I cried), Moving Art, Loving Vincent, The Handmaid’s Tale, Young Sheldon, Community, Modern Family, Frasier, etc.
I also love listening to podcasts. Some of my favorites are 10% Happier with Dan Harris, Lucid or Bust, Sleep Whispers, The Science of Happiness, The Intermittent Fasting Podcast, The Slowdown, Grammar Girl, and Word of the Day.

My goals in life are to be a first-class oneironaut, get 1,000 readers for my Facebook group I (heart) English, be a good companion, father, brother, son, friend, neighbor, citizen, human being, animal.

I admire smart, cultured people who are not hung up about to sex, religion, politics, who are open-minded and who appreciate good books, series, podcasts, comics, movies, songs, games, a healthy and delicious meal. You see, I’m an IF’er – one meal a day –, so you’ve got to really appreciate your food and make it count!
I also love chatting, especially live. (or, in these "beaky" times, on the phone or on Skype/Zoom/Google Hangouts...).

What I want from life?
I’ll let Clarice Lispector answer for me. “Freedom isn’t enough,” she writes. “What I want doesn’t have a name yet.”

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