• The smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers.

  • It can be a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod or a shared laugh about some odd coincidence.

  • Moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.

  • 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 ALEXANDRE CHAMBON

 

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