In our daily lives, there are many unexpressed emotions and experiences that go unnoticed because we don’t have the right words to describe them. The moment when you feel time is going faster, the desire to not care about things as much as you do, a recurring thought that only comes to you late at night and many more. On top of that, be it the happy feelings or sad ones, the inability to share them with someone just for lack of words makes one feel isolated.
However, the times have changed as The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows created by John Koenig expresses all those emotions in words.
Originally, John started posting his word creations on Tumblr. But now he has his own Youtube Channel with a great fan following. As you look at the images created by Vagabomb, you will experience a gush of emotions and déjà vu since all of us have experienced these moments and were not able to express them.
John also shares details on etymology of the words on his website and his Facebook Page. This page is quite popular as people often add their own words or share their feelings for which they need names. The words might not be official, but you can certainly use them.
n. [Brit. wallesia] a condition characterized by scanning faces in a crowd looking for a specific person who would have no reason to be there, which is your brain’s way of checking to see whether they’re still in your life, subconsciously patting its emotional pockets before it leaves for the day.
n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.
n. the unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat, whose tenuous muscular throbbing feels less like a metronome than a nervous ditty your heart is tapping to itself, the kind that people compulsively hum or sing while walking in complete darkness, as if to casually remind the outside world, I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.
John has been on it for years, so here goes our favorite list of words, we are so happy to have come across.
Which one is your favorite? Do let us know in the comment box below.