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DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS by John Koening (presented by Owen Thomas Fiction)

THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS

John Koening has been working for nearly a decade to put together a book of invented words to describe human emotions desperate for a name. If you are interested in browsing on your own, you can find Koening’s website for “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” here: http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com. In the meantime, I will be using this space to feature some of my favorites. Like this one…

LIBEROSIS n. the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone—rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.

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