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 amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof like an argument upstairs, whose muffled words are unintelligible but whose crackling release of built-up tension you understand perfectly.

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 ANNA ATKINS

2 comments
  1. Chrysalism is an emotion and ritual I love, bringing in stillness in the mind and soul. Thanks for sharing the word and I learned something new.

Leave a Reply

You May Also Like
Read More

Anecdoche

A conversation in which everyone is talking but nobody is listening, simply overlaying disconnected words like a game of…
Read More

Dès Vu

The awareness that this moment will become a memory. Derived from French dès vu, “seen as soon as”…
Read More

Lalalalia

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

Fata Organa

A flash of real emotion glimpsed in someone sitting across the room, idly locked in the middle of…
Read More

Moledro

A feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you’ll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and…
Read More

Mahpiohanzia

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

Morii

With every click of the shutter, you’re trying to press pause on your life. If only so you…
Read More

Ballagàrraidh

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

Opia

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

Dream Fever

The intense heat on the skin of a sleeping person, a radioactive byproduct of an idle mind humming…
Read More

Gnossienne

A moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life,…
Read More

Meliorism

The belief that the world gets better, the belief that humans can improve the world. In other words,…
Read More

Adronitis

Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone—spending the first few weeks chatting in their…