Zweisamkeit literally means "two-ness". This is the word you get when you replace the ein ("one") from Einsamkeit and replace it with zwei ("two"). A better translation would be "togetherness". But Zweisamkeit is a very specific type of togetherness: the presence of just two individuals. Not three. Not four. Only two. These two individuals may be alone together. It's a different type of solitude - and definitely a more pleasant one.
This word is very romantic. When you speak of Zweisamkeit in German, you speak of a very intimate, harmonious togetherness without anyone else being in the picture. A couple sitting alone on an isolated beach would be a good example of Zweisamkeit. Although the setting may be lonely, the presence of two people instead of one makes this type of loneliness fulfilling and romantic. If it's been a long time since you've gone on a date with your significant other, it may be time to work on your Zweisamkeit, because after all, that's the state in which true bonding occurs.
By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany
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