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 dream versions of things in your life, which appear totally foreign but are still somehow yours—your anteschool, your antefriends, your antehome—all part of a parallel world whose gravitational pull raises your life’s emotional stakes, increasing the chances you’ll end up betting everything you have.

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 JR KORPA

1 comment

Leave a Reply

You May Also Like
Read More

The Meantime

The moment of realization that your quintessential future self isn’t ever going to show up, which forces the…
Read More

Querencia

A place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are…
Read More

Yù Yī

The desire to see with fresh eyes, and feel things just as intensely as you did when you…
Read More

Liberosis

The desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every…
Read More

Lalalalia

The realization while talking to yourself that someone else is within earshot, which leads you to crossfade into…
Read More

Chrysalism

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

Kuebiko

A state of exhaustion inspired by an act of senseless violence, which forces you to revise your image…
Read More

The Tilt Shift

A phenomenon in which your lived experience seems oddly inconsequential once you put it down on paper, which…
Read More

Amicy

The mystery of what goes on behind the scenes of your social life, wondering about all the back…
Read More

Opia

The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable–their pupils glittering, bottomless…
Read More

Vellichor

The strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time. It’s filled with…
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

Swish Fulfillment

The feeling of delicate luck after casually tossing something across the room and hitting your target so crisply…
Read More

Semaphorism

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