I came across the word werifesteria the other day on TikTok, which means “to wander through a forest in search of mystery”.
Another definition of this word is to “wonder longingly through the woods in search of mystery or magic” [source].
According to World Wide Words it appeared out of thin air in late 2014, and nobody seems to know who coined it. Rumours circulating on social media that it comes from Old English are apparently untrue [source].
Perhaps someone who was indulging in some 森林浴 (shinrin yoku)* came up with the word werifesteria. In case you’re not familiar with 森林浴, it’s a Japanese term that means forest bathing, forest therapy, or peaceful walk through the woods for health benefits [source].
Are there any other interesting forest-related words that you know?