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Youtube Channel Recommendation – The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

April 5, 2015

Stumbled upon an interesting Youtube channel that brands it self as ‘The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’. If you love words, the English language, or just enjoy the more curious aspects of knowledge , this channel might be your thing. The premise of the channel is to explore those subtle human emotions and experiences that lack any words in our language, and then propose a word that would fit it.

This is a good intro to the channel

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Here are my favourite words and the videos that correspond to them are:

onism – n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die-and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

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sonder – n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

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