Catoptric Tristesse

Catoptric Tristesse

n.
the sadness that you’ll never really know what other people think of you, whether good, bad, or if at all—that although you can gather a few hints here and there, and even ask around for honest feedback, you’ll always have to wonder which opinions are being softened out of flattery, sharpened out of malice, or held back because it’s simply not their place.

In Ancient Rome, the catoptric cistula was a kind of mirror-lined box whose interior appeared to expand into an infinite forest, library, or treasure room. Pronounced “kuh-top-trik tris-tes.”

Star-Stuck

Wenbane

Ludiosis

Hobsmacked

Anthrodynia

Allope

Siso

Momophobia

Nyctous

Eisce

Ledsome

Anechosis

Covalent Bond

Kuebiko

Pâro

Anti-Aliasing

The Unsharp Mask

Mal De Coucou

Hickering

Harke

Los Vidados

Daguerreologue

Daguer-reologue

Énouement

Knellish

Mauerbauertraurigkeit

Mauerbauer-traurigkeit

Ironsick

Nyctous