Obscure Sorrows: A Fake Dictionary That Feels All Too Real

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows basically defines itself with its title. Simply put, it’s a collection of non-existent words that were created to express feelings of anguish, melancholy, and emotional pain. Yeah, this stuff’s pretty deep.

Words like “occhiolism,” which is defined as “the awareness of the smallness of your perspective” and “exulansis,” which is defined as “the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it” are only two of many words created by this thoughtful web presence.

While their focus is on creating a new language, the accompanying videos that are paired with these new words are just as compelling as the words themselves. Check out this one based on the word “avenoir” (which is “the desire to see memories in advance”), and tell me that you don’t suddenly have tears welling up in your eyes.

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