Definition: Selcouth (pronounced: sel-‘kooth); Middle English; adj
1. Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous.
Why I love this word:
I relate this word really well with love, and I think many of you can agree. It's honestly extremely confusing, and everybody wants it, but not very many people have it. Most of it is sleepless nights, puzzled feelings, and it's a strange experience you can't really ever put your finger on, yet we crave it anyway. Though it's mostly tragically heartbreaking and there are a lot of difficult moments, it's somehow beautiful, interesting, and all consuming (in a good way). It's apparently the strongest force on Earth, written about in almost every song, acted in movies, and felt in the hearts of many. People just love the idea of love.
I think Noah and the Whale describe it best in their song 'Two Atoms in a Molecule.'
'So now I look at love like being stabbed in the heart
You torture each other from day to day and then one day you part
Most of the time it's misery but there's some joy at the start
Oh for that I'd say it's worth it.'
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