The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of made-up words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to an emotion we all feel but don’t have a word for.


Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


sonder /SAHN-der/
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.


keta /KAY-tah/
n. an image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past.


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