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 🙂

 

Fear that learning the name of something—a bird, a constellation, an attractive stranger—will somehow ruin it, transforming a lucky discovery into a conceptual husk pinned in a glass case, which leaves one less mystery to flutter around your head, trying to get in.

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 YUTING GAO

Leave a Reply

You May Also Like
Read More

Ambedo

A kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a…
Read More

Lilo

A friendship that can lie dormant for years only to pick right back up instantly, as if no…
Read More

Hiybbprqag

The feeling that everything original has already been done, that the experiment of human culture long ago filled…
Read More

Kenopsia

The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.…
Read More

Rückkehrunruhe

The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to…
Read More

Vemödalen

The frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall,…
Read More

Chrysalism

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

Gnossienne

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

Pâro

The feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong—that any attempt to make your way…
Read More

Trumspringa

The temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock…
Read More

Occhiolism

The awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at…
Read More

Ballagàrraidh

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

Mal de Coucou

A phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends – people who you can…
Read More

Lethobenthos

The habit of forgetting how important someone is to you until you see them again in person, making…