Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Maria Popova’s excellent Marginalian blog shared some excerpts from John Koenig’s 2021 book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, for which the author created new words to describe types of malaise for which don’t have current English words for. For example:

n. the state of not knowing how you really feel about something, which forces you to sift through clues hidden in your own behavior, as if you were some other person — noticing a twist of acid in your voice, an obscene amount of effort you put into something trifling, or an inexplicable weight on your shoulders that makes it difficult to get out of bed.

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