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 glint of goodness inside people, which you can only find by sloshing them back and forth in your mind until everything dark and gray and common falls away, leaving behind a constellation at the bottom of the pan—a rare element trapped in exposed bedrock, washed there by a storm somewhere upstream.

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 ZAC DURANT

Leave a Reply

You May Also Like
Read More

Antematter

The dream versions of things in your life, which appear totally foreign but are still somehow yours—your anteschool,…
Read More

Sonder

The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex…
Read More

Aulasy

The sadness that there’s no way to convey a powerful memory to people who weren’t there at the…
Read More

Yù Yī

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

Altschmerz

The weariness with same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing…
Read More

Jouska

A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. A crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue, a devastating comeback—which…
Read More

Youthquake

A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people. The word youthquake…
Read More

Agnosthesia

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

Anemoia

Imagine stepping through the frame into a sepia-tinted haze, where you could sit on the side of the…
Read More

Pluviophile

People that love rain are called pluviophiles. The word pluviophile comes from the Latin word “pluvial,” which means…
Read More

Lachesism

For a million years, we’ve watched the sky and huddled in fear. But somehow you still find yourself…
Read More

Gnossienne

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

Klexos

Your life is written in indelible ink. There’s no going back to erase the past, tweak your mistakes,…
Read More

Mimeomia

The frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even…
Read More

Querencia

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