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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

The word sadness originally meant fullness," to be filled to the brim with some intensity of experience. It's not about despair, or distraction, or controlling how you're supposed to feel, it's about awareness. Setting the focus to infinity and taking it all in, joy and grief all at once; feeling the world as it is, the word as it could be. The unknown and the unknowable, closeness and distance and trust, and the passage of time. And all the others around you who are each going through the same thing.

The Romans called it lacrimae rerum, the "tears of things." We call them obscure sorrows.

"I read the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything."

—Steven Wright

Irrition

Irrition

n.
regret at having cracked the code of something, which leaves you wishing you could forget the pattern—longing to unsee an optical illusion, to unlearn the formula behind your favorite songs and shows and movies, or re-canonize a role model you made the mistake of meeting in person.

Tahitian iriti, to translate + iriti, to be convulsed. Pronounced “ih-ri-shun.”

Vulture Shock

Merrenness

Looseleft

Volander

Occhiolism

Wildred

Wildred

Zielschmerz

Foreclearing

Ghough

Funkenzwangsvorstellung

Funkenzwang-svorstellung

Harmonoia

Falesia

Suente

Foilsick

Anecdoche

Flashover

Semaphorism

Insoucism

Keep

Semaphorism

Echthesia

Hanker Sore

The Meantime

Proluctance

Keir

Wollah