Onism

  • The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names, representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

  • Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project, to create a compendium of invented words for every emotion we might all experience but don’t yet have a word for.
GREG RAKOZY ERIC ODIIN

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