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Friday, April 29, 2011

Y is for Yen

Yen: Obsolete English slang yen-yen meaning to crave opium, from Chinese (Cantonese) in-yan from in, meaning opium and yan, meaning craving. Nowadays it means a strong desire or propensity. Longing, also an urge.

So this is an easy one.

How strong is your desire?
How great is your propensity?
How deep is the longing?
How urgent the urge to be content, to enjoy life, to do what you believe it is you want to do?

What is the yen of your heart?

Do you crave it like an addiction?


  1. the yen of my heart is to do everything to the best of my ability.

  2. It has to be a hole-in-one, I've given up trying to shoot my age!

  3. The yen in my heart is to do everything to the best of my ability so I have no regrets!

  4. My yen is to be able to write freely without agonising over every word. To learn something new every day. And to get some sleep!

    No I haven't eaten a huhu grub and don't intend to. haha shudder!

  5. At the moment I have a yen for oatmeal and a hot shower, but then, I haven't had my coffee yet.

  6. I have a yen to be solitary right now - to work and not think about money and bills and people WANTING things I can't give them!

  7. If the yen you were talking about was referring to the Japanese currency, then yeah, I'd crave millions :o)

  8. Right now, I have a yen for my carrot juice while watching the Royal couple riding in their carriage after the ceremony. I love her veil. It's so 20's.
    I never heard yen-yen.

  9. Thankfully I've never had a yen for opiates. :)

    I have a yen to keep my children safe and happy. That would be my strongest yen for sure.

  10. To crave contentment like an addict seems a bit like an oxymoron. But that doesn't mean some people don't.

    Human nature is funny.

  11. I know this is not my home. I'm just traveling. Someday I will reach my final destination. And all of us authors (I say author, because you and I will claim that title soon.) will gather together reading books and we will still write. I sure hope Hemingway is there. :0)

    And for Christopher and all of our children to live long and happy lives. And NO regrets. What an awesomely wonderful post. It is very thought- provoking, girlfriend. :0) I do crave them like an addiction. But it goes even deeper than that.

  12. I do, I do! I have a lot of yen within me. Sometimes too much, I think!

  13. My Yen is to be the best mother I can be.

  14. My yen is to be the best Karen I can possibly be and I have been working hard at that effort for many years now. It is what I blog and write about.

  15. Right now I'm persistent because life circumstance requires it. But mostly I'm tired because my persistence is wearing me out. LOL
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  16. This is a great one for all writers, isn't it? I mean if our yen was not strong, we would stay at it, day after day!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse


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