Anoush is probably the sweetest word in Armenian, encompassing everything that is good, nice or sweet. The ancient literal meaning is “immortal” but over time became to mean “sweet”. It is often used in phrases to do with food and drink. In drinking rituals, the word is used in a context meaning “let it go down well”. It is used for sleep as well as hygiene, the most common one being “Anoush Paghnik” or “your bath is anoush”. The Anoush Opera’s plot, however, shows that one cannot have sweetness without sadness, as the heroine ends the story by throwing herself off a cliff; definitely not an anoush ending.


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