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The awareness that this moment will become a memory. Derived from French dès vu, “seen as soon as” or “seen from this point forward.” Like déjà vu, but in the reverse order—already remembering something as you’re living it.

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 BRETT SAYLES

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  1. Thanks for sharing deja vu…gem of a word that we keep forgetting from time to time. I promise to use it soonish:)

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