Dictionary

Benji Knewman explores his native Latvian and explains it in his own words.

Inspired by real life. Since November 18, 2015.

A

apaļumi (n.) them sweet round parts of your body that make you yourself
apkure (n.) a magic word every Latvian wants to hear in autumn, also known as heating
apskauties (v.) to forget where I end and you begin

B

C

cerības (n.) memories, that didn't happen

D

dzīve (n.) normal things that people think but don’t talk about; also called life

E

es tevi mīlu (v.) I want to tag you in my life
ezītis miglā (n.) Latvian horror story

G

gulšņāt (v.) to lay awake in bed long after waking up and reminisce about one’s past, present and near future

I

ilgoties (v.) feeling incomplete when s/he is away

J

joga (n.) transforming into a pretzel
jūsma (n.) when you like somebody so much you would give up the internet for them

K

kruasāns (n.) of course, I speak French

L

Lāčplēsis (n.) bear with me

M

mincītis (n.) 1. a girl you want to cuddle all night
2. a cat that wants you to cuddle it all night
monstera (n.) a good-looking pet

N

nosist laiku (v.) watching memes when you have a thousand things to do

P

paciesties (v.) mission impossible
pirmdiena (n.) the evil sister of Sunday

R

rīts (n.) snooze button championships

S

savējie (n.) people who speak your language technically and emotionally
sega (n.) a friend that always welcomes you with open arms and never judges
sliņķītis (n.) professional procrastinator
smeldze (n.) sudden emotional ache you feel when radio plays that song from back in the day
svētlaime (n.) that moment in time after all exams have been passed and you can finally sleep till the end of the world
sviests (n.) 1. butter; 2. total shit; 3. butter that tastes like total shit

T

tad jau redzēs (adv.) old Latvian wisdom, frequently used by millennials

V

vasara (n.) time of year when everything is fine again, also called the summer
vecumdienas (n.) time of your life when you’ll regret all the things you didn’t do when you still could, also called the old age

Z

ziema (n.) eat, sleep, Netflix, repeat; also called winter

Life that
you can read.

Benji Knewman is a man, around 42 years old. He’s trying to be genuine, and it seems he sometimes manages. Just like his grandfather who used to say: “Ben, how you spend your day is how you spend your life!” Currently Benji Knewman is more everywhere than anywhere. Mostly on the road. He’s still in search of his own perfect day. While looking for it, he curates a biannual bookazine telling stories about people who don’t pretend and who can simply be. Covering a myriad of vocations and lifestyles, as well as geographical locations, they’re living proof that you don’t have to be conventional to have a good life.
In the end, everything is going to be great.