Obscure Sorrows

So I came across dictionary of obscure sorrows via facebook. They had this post describing words for emotions that people feel, but can not explain. Here are some of my favorites.

1) lalochezia – use of vulgar or foul language to relieve stress or pain.

2) sonder – the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as your own, which they are constantly living despite your personal lack of awareness of it.

3) opia – the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

4) jouska – a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

5) anecdoche –  a conversation in which everyone is talking but nobody is listening.

6) lachesism – the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire.

7) exulansis – the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness.

8) onism – the awareness of how little of the world you’ll experience.

9) liberosis – the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone.

10) occhiolism – the awareness of the smallness of your perspective.

11) altschmerz – weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years.

12) vellichor – the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time—filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era.

13) zenosyne – the sense that time keeps going faster.

You’re welcome.

1. Trust me, nothing feels like home after a summer long intern.
2. I am again down with Alexandra Stan fever. She has a dazzling voice and stunning looks!
3. Alexandra, if you’re reading this, blow me a kiss. Would you? 😛
4. When writing a new post, the TEXT mode seems to have been replaced by HTML which displays these annoying tags. Damn you! WordPress.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. pseudomonaz says:

    Already I have a terrible vocabulary and then I see this post of yours… * hides herself under the desk out of shame*… 😦

    P.S. I hope Alexandra reads this. 😉


    1. If that is a relief, I must let you in on a little secret – *whispering now* “All of these words are ahem.. pretentious and I believe, would rarely will find their way in a proper sentence, but its good to know that they’re out there for use. :)”
      P.S. If she does read this, maybe your comment will fetch you some passes for her concert! 😀


      1. pseudomonaz says:

        That would be great… I have never been to a real concert. 😦


        1. I’m not sure if your first concert should be an Alexandra Stan one. She doesn’t have that MANY awesome songs that you want to listen for hours., just a handful of great ones are enough for me though.

          Oh, Alexandra would be so mad at me now! I’d have a real hard time making it upto her 😛


  2. Hullo! I read this post of yours and heard some of Alexandra Stan’s songs. Must say, I do like a few. Thankx!


    1. I’m glad you dropped in! You’re welcome. 🙂 I guess this post came out to be more about her than obscure sorrows. I should have named it after her. 😛


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