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Forget hygge: Uncertain times call for problem-solving the Portuguese way.

Language: Portuguese. Pronunciation: “Dez-zen-ras-can-so.” Etymology: From des meaning “un” and enrascar meaning “to entangle.”

Meaning: Translating to “disentanglement, ” desenrascanço is a kind of Portuguese MacGyverism. It’s the art of finding a solution to a problem out of left field, without the skills or resources one would usually require. It’s artful disentanglement from a problem: throwing together a costume right before a party using the clothes already hanging in your wardrobe, propping up a wobbly table leg using the novel in your bag, or just about anything you do with duct tape.

  • Words:
    Lucy Ballantyne
  • Photography:
    Pia Winther
  • Knot:
    Corey Moranis

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  • Words:
    Lucy Ballantyne
  • Photography:
    Pia Winther
  • Knot:
    Corey Moranis
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