The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. 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.

The author's mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious.

▸ visit the facebook page to hear the backstory behind each word

▸ follow on twitter (@obscuresorrows) for whatever reason

▸ send me a tumblr message describing emotions you need words for

▸ send me an email via obscuresorrows@gmail.com

JOHN KOENIG is a designer and commercial director who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His dictionary has been acclaimed by New York Magazine, Washington Post Express, John Green, Jason Kottke, and the guys from Radiolab.

He is currently writing a book version of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. It is gigantic and completely made up.


Copyright © 2013 John Koenig. All content is intended to be read at night.

degrassé

adj. entranced and unsettled by the vastness of the universe, experienced in a jolt of recognition that the night sky is not just a wallpaper but a deeply foreign ocean whose currents are steadily carrying off all other castaways, who share our predicament but are already well out of earshot—worlds and stars who would’ve been lost entirely except for the scrap of light they were able to fling out into the dark, a message in a bottle that’s only just now washing up in the Earth’s atmosphere, an invitation to a party that already ended a million years ago.

  1. microcosmic-revolutions reblogged this from hipsterprimeminister
  2. hipsterprimeminister reblogged this from thymoss
  3. bluehayez reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  4. never-faerie reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  5. baccuroth reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows and added:
    adj. entranced and unsettled by the vastness of the universe, experienced in a jolt of recognition that the night sky is...
  6. fashobombiee reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  7. anamnesisunending reblogged this from ialpiriel
  8. ialpiriel reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  9. aventureheureuse reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  10. dontburnthebooks reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  11. nataliepaige-- reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  12. fortheloveofcaptainoats reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  13. nolabird reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  14. foreverawaallflower reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  15. gimmeyoursoup reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  16. daydreaming-angel reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  17. mellownini reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  18. kiya-marie reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  19. abyssed reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  20. mythologynut01 reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
More Information