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Anonymous asked: What is another word for alone, besides solitary?

Check out how depressing these thesaurus.com entries for solitary are! This is why I don’t use thesauruses, especially when I do Otherwordly things. I refuse to believe that the only words for solitary are negative. I don’t believe that someone who likes their space sometimes should be called “friendless”, “desolate”, “distant”, “misanthropic”, “unapproachable”, “forsaken”. Those are terrible. Try these.

Solivagant means wandering alone. Waldeinsamkeit is the feeling of being alone in the woods—something I could probably use today. Sturmfrei or stormfree is being alone, with the freedom do what you want.

If you wanted to get metaphorical, you could say you were an inselberg—an isolated mountain. And if you wanted to work baked goods in there somewhere, you could use eremite (closely related, of course, to ‘hermit’) which means someone who lives a solitary life and also, apparently, a “spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts”.

If anyone ever asks why I do this, this is what I’ll tell them—because the universe and the people in it are a lot bigger than any one language can wrap its words around.

pronunciation | 'vald-In-“zam-kIt (VALD-eye-n-zam-kite) submitted by | makethissoundsubmit words | here

pronunciation | 'vald-In-“zam-kIt (VALD-eye-n-zam-kite) 
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