words we need: bullet dodged

There are only so many things humans can experience. Even when there isn’t a direct translation of a word from one language to another, people will usually get the idea if you explain it. They’ve probably felt something similar.

As far as we know, there’s no English word that precisely captures the combination of the rush of adrenaline and the intense relief, jubilation, and slight wobbling of the knees we feel when we have narrowly avoided some kind of disaster. Maybe we almost slipped on the ice but recovered at the last possible second, swerved just in time to avoid a 19-car pile-up, or caught something breakable, inches above the ground.

If there is a word for this (in English or any other language) and you know what it is, tell us on Twitter. We promise we’ll give you all the credit.