Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links or advertisements below are affiliate links or advertisements, meaning, at no additional cost to you. We will earn a commission, if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you 🙂

  • The practice of answering a cellphone with a generic “Hello?” as if you didn’t already know exactly who was calling—which is a little like the egg requirement that marketers added to early cake mixes in the 1950s, an antiquated extra step that’s only there to reassure you that it’s an authentic home-cooked meal, just like grandma used to make.

  • 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 TAYLOR GROTE

Leave a Reply

You May Also Like
Read More

Apomakrysmenophobia

The fear that your connections with people are ultimately shallow, that although your relationships feel congenial at the…
Read More

Mahpiohanzia

The disappointment of being unable to fly. Being unable to stretch out your arms and vault into the…
Read More

Daguerreologue

An imaginary interview with an old photo of yourself. An enigmatic figure who still lives in the grainy and color-warped house you…
Read More

Chrysalism

The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof…
Read More

Flashover

The moment a conversation becomes real and alive, which occurs when a spark of trust shorts out the…
Read More

Ecstatic Shock

The surge of energy upon catching a glance from someone you like—a thrill that starts in your stomach,…
Read More

Dead Reckoning

To find yourself bothered by someone’s death more than you would have expected. As if you assumed they…
Read More

Alazia

The fear that you’re no longer able to change. After so many years wondering what kind of person…
Read More

Ballagàrraidh

The awareness that you are not at home in the wilderness. The story of humanity is a move…
Read More

Agnosthesia

The state of not knowing how you really feel about something, which forces you to sift through clues…
Read More

Exulansis

The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it. Whether…
Read More

Zenosyne

The sense that time keeps going faster. As a kid, you run around so fast, the world around you…
Read More

Slipcast

The default expression that your face automatically reverts to when idle—amused, melancholic, pissed off—which occurs when a strong…
Read More

Lapyear

The age at which you become older than your parents were when you were born, which signals that…
Read More

Keyframe

A moment that seemed innocuous at the time but ended up marking a diversion into a strange new era of your…