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19 Words For Emotions You Feel But Can’t Explain by imtech(m): 4:47pm On Feb 06, 2016
To date, there are 1,025,109 words in the
English language, and yet there are so few
words for explaining how we feel emotionally.
Sure, you’ve got sad and happy and angry and
so on, but where’s the word describing the
feelings of excitement the night before a road
trip?
For John Koenig, filling these holes in our
language has been his job. In 2009, he started
the website The Dictionary of Obscure
Sorrows and sought to invent words to fill in the
gaps of our language. This is some of what he
came up with:

ADRONITIS
(n) Frustration with how long it takes to get to
know someone.

MONACHOPSIS
(n) The subtle but persistent feeling of being
out of place.

VELLICHORTHE
(n) The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

RUBATOSIS
(n) The unsettling awareness of your own
heartbeat.

KENOPSIA
(n) The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that
is usually bustling with people but is now
abandoned and quiet.

ÉNOUEMENT
(n) The bittersweetness of having arrived in the
future, seeing how things turn out, but not being
able to tell your past self.

MAUERBAUERTRAUNIGKEIT
(n) The inexplicable urge to push people away,
even close friends who you really like.

JOUSKA
(n) A hypothetical conversation that you
compulsively play out in your head.

SONDER
(n) The realization that each passerby has a life
as vivid and complex as your own

CHRYSALISM
(n) the amniotic tranquility of being indoors
during a thunderstorm.

VEMÖDALEN
(n) The frustration of photographic something
amazing when thousands of identical photos
already exist.

ANECDOCHE
(n) A conversation in which everyone is talking,
but nobody is listening

ELLIPSIM
(n) A sadness that you’ll never be able to know
how history will turn out.

KUEBIKO
(n) A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of
senseless violence.

LACHESISM
The desire to be struck by disaster – to survive
a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.

EXULANSIS
(n) The tendency to give up trying to talk about
an experience because people are unable to
relate to it.

RÜCKKEHRUNRUHE
(n) The feeling of returning home after an
immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from
your awareness.

OPIA
(n) The ambiguous intensity of Looking
someone in the eye, which can feel
simultaneously invasive and vulnerable

NODUS TOLLENS
(n) The realization that the plot of your life
doesn’t make sense to you anymore..

For more, check out The Dictionary of Obscure
Sorrows.

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Re: 19 Words For Emotions You Feel But Can’t Explain by imtech(m): 5:00pm On Feb 06, 2016
so now, hon Patrick's grammer will start making sense to me PS is it just me or is the 7th one just weird
Re: 19 Words For Emotions You Feel But Can’t Explain by RemenZack(f): 10:06pm On Feb 06, 2016
I enjoyed this! New words excite me.
Re: 19 Words For Emotions You Feel But Can’t Explain by RemenZack(f): 10:09pm On Feb 06, 2016
Follow back, please?
Re: 19 Words For Emotions You Feel But Can’t Explain by Janeyinspires(f): 6:57am On May 18, 2017
Aaah! These words are kinda complex just as describing these emotions too.

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