Word of the day for Wednesday, September 30th

This fellow named Robert Becker posted something to my friend Tammy Faye‘s Facebook page, and normally I feel a little funny about looking at something somebody I don’t know posted to somebody else’s page, like I’m reading someone else’s mail or something, but I’m glad I looked at this post.

The post pointed to a project by John Koenig called The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows, which is pretty much what it says on the label. These are all words that don’t exist, but should. My favorite example might be something that I experience from time to time,


lachesism. You know, “n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.” That’s not just a word that should really exist, that’s a word that deserves purple glitter lightning letters.

There are other fine words on there as well: kairosclerosis, pâro, vemödalen. Maybe this fellow John Koenig should be hired by the world to make up new words. And maybe this fellow Robert should keep posting stuff to Tammy Faye’s page for me to eavesdrop-read. There. Another word that needs to be invented.

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  1. […] The sense that time keeps going faster. Courtesy of our old friend The Dictionary of Obscure […]

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