Earlier this year, I wrote a post referring to John Koenig‘s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which is “a compendium of invented words” “to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.”
Yesterday, in my therapy group (where I’m always on the lookout for obscure sorrows and other feelings), one of the members brought in three entries from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
While some things in those photos might be obscure, people in the group last night noticed that two of those obscure words were real and only one — Altschmerz — really belongs in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. People did not obscure their appreciation for the relevancy of the real word Weltschmerz:
Weltschmerz is the depressing feeling you get when comparing the actual state of the world to the picture in your head of how the world should…
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