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. Videos Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Sonder sonder /SAHN-der/ n. the realization that each […]

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Can a word be untranslatable?

“Whether the broader meaning of a text – the jokes, philosophies, and cultural peculiarities of its language – is translatable depends almost entirely on the individual with their nose in the dictionary (not to mention the dictionary itself).” (The Oxford Dictionary Blog) When we say that a word is untranslatable, we tend to mean that […]

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