The frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even if it’s unfair, even if everyone else feels the same way—each of us trick-or-treating for money and respect and attention, wearing a safe and predictable costume because we’re tired of answering the question, “What are you supposed to be?”

Coined 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 MARKUS SPISKE


 

Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links or advertisements in the wordket website 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 🙂

Leave a Reply

You May Also Like
Read More

Liberosis

The desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every…
Read More

Keta

An image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The…
Read More

Alazia

The fear that you’re no longer able to change. After so many years wondering what kind of person…
Read More

Etterath

The feeling of emptiness after a long and arduous process is finally complete—having finished school, recovered from surgery,…
Read More

Amicy

The mystery of what goes on behind the scenes of your social life, wondering about all the back…
Read More

Querencia

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

Nefelibata

“cloud walker”; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination, or one who does not obey…
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

Heartworm

A relationship or friendship that you can’t get out of your head, which you thought had faded long ago…
Read More

Fitzcarraldo

An image that somehow becomes lodged deep in your brain. Maybe washed there by a dream, or smuggled…
Read More

Pluviophile

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

Daguerreologue

An imaginary interview with an old photo of yourself. An enigmatic figure who still lives in the grainy and color-warped house you…