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 © 2014 John Koenig. All content is intended to be read at night.

mimeomia

n. the frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even if it’s unfair, even if everyone else feels the same way—each of us trick-or-treating for money and respect and attention, wearing a safe and predictable costume because we’re tired of answering the question, “What are you supposed to be?”

  1. heliophilicsoul reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  2. eggplantcellent reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  3. adventuresong reblogged this from take-me-to-themountains
  4. xdrewslanax reblogged this from fluorescent-spirit
  5. fluorescent-spirit reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  6. fallen-scientist reblogged this from rudyards
  7. gemmamansell reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  8. un-poco-de reblogged this from goosegrrrl and added:
    n. the frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even if it’s unfair,...
  9. goosegrrrl reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  10. motterialgirl reblogged this from admittedlyoblivious
  11. livingunderthestarlight reblogged this from take-me-to-themountains
  12. take-me-to-themountains reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  13. raemanzu reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  14. admittedlyoblivious reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  15. okieedokie reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  16. shiftingstreets reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  17. whitelacelovely reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
  18. reverieontherocks reblogged this from dictionaryofobscuresorrows
More Information