Word of the Week: bihotz

bihotz: heart / corazón

Voted one of the most beautiful words in Euskara in a 2010 survey by Eusko Ikaskuntza, it can also be a girl’s name. It’s the organ associated with emotions, especially love, and also with character (having a good heart).

There are many sayings in Basque with this word and one I like is bihotza eta begiak beti gazte. Translated literally it means “The heart and eyes always young.” An equivalent in English could be “the heart never grows old.” (source) It’s a lovely thought and I hope is true for me in the future.