• A conversational hint that you have something personal to say on the subject but don’t go any further.

  • An emphatic nod, a half-told anecdote, an enigmatic ‘I know the feeling’, which you place into conversations like those little flags that warn diggers of something buried underground.

  • 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 MIMI THIAN

 

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  1. Semaphorism! I have every intention using the word in many contexts! Thanks for teaching me this gem of a word. Absolutely loving your posts!

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