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

A NEW feature from Owen Thomas Fiction … 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…

AMBEDO n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—briefly soaking in the experience of being alive, an act that is done purely for its own sake.

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