Whenever he thought about it, he felt terrible. And so, at last, he came to a fateful decision. He decided not to think about it. ~John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
Question #89695 posted on 05/13/2017 9:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

You know that feeling you have after you take a test? Whether you did good or bad on it, that it is over and done and there isn't anything you can do about it now and you don't have to stress about it anymore? Is there a word for that?

-A piece at peace, no longer going to pieces.

A:

Dear you,

The word relief comes to mind, though that doesn't quite sum it up completely.

I definitely feel this way every time I move. There's something liberating about starting over somewhere else.

-Kirito

A:

Dear friend,

Yeah! In German this last semester, we learned about a word they have that kind-of sums up the relieved resignation you get after a difficult event (like a test). It's something to the effect of, "Du hast ein Gurkegesicht."

In a rough translation, it means, "You have a 'burdened smile.'" It doesn't sound quite so flowing in English, I guess, but it describes the conflicted mingling of happiness but uncertainty in the future as you face an unknown outcome. I don't know, I like it. German may not be a Romance language, but it sure is poetic sometimes.

-Van Goff