Lost in Translation: cafuné

cafuné n. // brazilian portuguese

the act of tenderly running your fingers through the hair of somebody you love

This is honestly one of my favorite words in this series of untranslatable words. For some reason, we all find ruffling hair an act of love. Be it your significant other, your sister, or your baby cousin. So many times in my life, I’ve received hair-mess-ups as a sign of love, support even. My cousin even tried to do it before I left for prom (not cool!). So, although I may not have personally performed this loving act often myself, I can tell you that even the idea of it is quintessentially is a sign of love, and that I know from experience.


What other small acts of love do you appreciate? Let me know in the comments below!


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