23 Words For Emotions You Feel But Can't Explain

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23 Made-Up Words For Emotions People Feel — But Can't Explain
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Now you'll have the words to explain what you're feeling.

The English language is limited when it comes to words. You might disagree at first because when dictionaries are pretty damn EXTENSIVE but it's true. There are many emotions you experience on a daily basis but you just can't find the right word for communicating it to others


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But now there's a solution to filling that void, thanks to The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which has invented a list of words to put unexplainable things into simpler terms. "Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language — to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don't yet have a word for," explains the blog. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows YouTube channel also covers their words and definitions.

Someone gathered 23 of these hard-to-explain emotions and it's been making rounds on Facebook.

1. Sonder

The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

2. Opia

The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

3. Monachopsis

The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

4. Énoument

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

5. Vellichor

The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

6. Rubatosis

The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

7. Kenopsia

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

8. Mauerbauertrauerigkeit

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

9. Jouska

A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

10. Chrysalism

The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.


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11. Vemōdalen

The frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist

12. Anecdoche

A conversation in which everyone is talking but nobody is listening.

13. Ellipsism

A sadness that you'll never be able to know how history will turn out. 

14. Kuebiko

A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.

15. Lachesism

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

16. Exulansis

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

17. Adronitis

Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.

18. Rücckkehrunruhe

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

19. Nodus Tollens

The realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore.

20. Onism

The frustration of being stuck in just one body that inhabits only one place at a time.

21. Liberosis

The desire to care less about things.

22. Altschmerz

Weariness with the same old issues that you've always had — the same boring flaws and anxieties that you've been gnawing on for years.

23. Occhiolism

The awareness of the smallness of your perspective. 

Maybe we'll see some of these words in the real dictionary sometime in the near future. If we got bootylicious in there, then why not?

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