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The half-forlorn, half-escapist ache of a train whistle calling in the distance at night.

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 RFP

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