Maybe it’s an adorable baby that causes it. Or a puppy taking her master for a walk down the street. Or a cat video that you just can’t help but share with your friends. That overpowering feeling that comes with seeing something unbearably cute – that made your grandma want to pinch your cheeks when you were a child – doesn’t have a specific word assigned to it in English. But it does in Tagalog, one of the Phillippines’ major languages.
It’s called gigil. And it’s the subject of our first video in a new series about untranslatable words. Click the ‘play’ button above to watch the video.