Thought Catalog

40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain

  • 0
Exulansis: when there’s not an actual word for what you’re trying to explain. We feel more than we have the language to articulate and express, which is in itself profoundly frustrating. People work through emotions by being able to identify them and use them as signals. A lot of the time, we’re left in the dark. Enter the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the brainchild of writer John Koenig, who is here to give you words for the feelings you may not have even known you were having. Here are 40 of them:

Rigor Samsa

n. a kind of psychological exoskeleton that can protect you from pain and contain your anxieties, but always ends up cracking under pressure or hollowed out by time—and will keep growing back again and again, until you develop a more sophisticated emotional structure, held up by a strong and flexible spine, built less like a fortress than a cluster of treehouses.

Silience

n. the kind of unnoticed excellence that carries on around you every day, unremarkably—the hidden talents of friends and coworkers, the fleeting solos of subway buskers, the slapdash eloquence of anonymous users, the unseen portfolios of aspiring artists—which would be renowned as masterpieces if only they’d been appraised by the cartel of popular taste, who assume that brilliance is a rare and precious quality, accidentally overlooking buried jewels that may not be flawless but are still somehow perfect.

Fitzcarraldo

n. an image that somehow becomes lodged deep in your brain—maybe washed there by a dream, or smuggled inside a book, or planted during a casual conversation—which then grows into a wild and impractical vision that keeps scrambling back and forth in your head like a dog stuck in a car that’s about to arrive home, just itching for a chance to leap headlong into reality.

Keyframe

n. a moment that seemed innocuous at the time but ended up marking a diversion into a strange new era of your life—set in motion not by a series of jolting epiphanies but by tiny imperceptible differences between one ordinary day and the next, until entire years of your memory can be compressed into a handful of indelible images—which prevents you from rewinding the past, but allows you to move forward without endless buffering.

Gnossienne

n. a moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life, and somewhere in the hallways of their personality is a door locked from the inside, a stairway leading to a wing of the house that you’ve never fully explored—an unfinished attic that will remain maddeningly unknowable to you, because ultimately neither of you has a map, or a master key, or any way of knowing exactly where you stand.

More from Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog Videos


    • http://www.holidayatthesea.com/the-weekly-town-crier-23/ the Weekly Town Crier - Holiday At The Sea

      […] Browse Thought Catalog‘s list of “40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain”. […]

    • https://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2016/02/6-signs-youve-already-found-the-right-person-so-you-can-stop-searching/ 6 Signs You’ve Already Found The Right Person (So You Can Stop Searching) | Thought Catalog

      […] this: ALL Of The Tips & Tricks You Need To Kiss Like A Total Pro Read this: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain Read this: The Perfect Love Quotes For EVERY Occasion Imaginable (Yes, Really!) Read this: […]

    • http://mag.sakaralife.com/link-love-what-were-reading-this-week-9/ LINK LOVE: WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK | Sakara Life

      […] 40 Words for Emotions You’ve Felt, but Couldn’t Explain, Thought Catalog […]

    • http://timwburke.com/2016/02/19/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain | timwburke

      […] Source: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    • https://wecouldbemore.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain – we could be more

      […] Source: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    • http://viralseekers.com/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain - Viral Seekers

      […] Original source courtesy of Thought Catalogue […]

    • https://jeunspokenthoughts.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain – jeunspokenthoughts
    • http://themaskofthedoctorswife.wordpress.com Stephanie Carter Taylor

      I really enjoyed this, and was very entertained!

    • http://theephemeralmelonchaly.wordpress.com Shreya

      This was so beautifully written

    • http://planetknowledge.wordpress.com Sam Smith

      very interesting to read

    • https://divineportwine12.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain – Raeven- ashq e dil

      […] Source: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    • https://optimisticbrenda.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain – Optimistic Brenda

      […] Source: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    • http://culverted.wordpress.com beenculverted

      A lot of these words were made up by John Koenig who runs the Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows. A quick Google search for any of the words will bring it up. Not sure why the internet sometimes copies without pasting credits.

    • https://brejame.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain – Healing
    • http://viraldaily.net/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain | ViralDaily.net
    • http://judithmendezrios.wordpress.com Yudit's Journal

      Love the artwork! It’s so simple yet perfect.

    • https://thoughtcatalog.com/kendrasyrdal/2016/02/4-scientifically-proven-ways-to-make-people-actually-like-you/ 4 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make People ACTUALLY Like You | Thought Catalog

      […] Read this: 11 Passive-Aggressive Things We All Say To Our Friends Read this: How To Be Charismatic Read this: 3 Easy Ways To Charm His Socks Off (And Make Him Fall For You) Read this: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    • https://threecatsandonelady.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/in-and-out/ In and Out – Seeking a Life Full of Laughter

      […] my soul hurt, especially the persistent penetrating ones which refuse to let go. As Brianna West at Thought Catalog put […]

    • https://www.findhowto.uk/6-signs-youve-already-found-the-right-person-so-you-can-stop-searching/ 6 Signs You’ve Already Found The Right Person (So You Can Stop Searching) - How to do everything!

      […] this: ALL Of The Tips & Tricks You Need To Kiss Like A Total Pro Read this: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain Read this: The Perfect Love Quotes For EVERY Occasion Imaginable (Yes, Really!) Read this: Here’s […]

    • https://takanorikarlyn.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/unnamed-emotions/ Unnamed emotions | The Beautiful Filth

      […] 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    • https://klamspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain-thought-catalog/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain | Thought Catalog | Klam Speaks

      […] you ever felt an emotion but had no word to describe it? Then consult this post by Brianna West on thoughtcatalog.com. It helpfully lists 40 words that will perfectly […]

    • http://marshmary.com/2016/02/awesome-mid-week-links/ Awesome Mid-Week Links! - MarshMary

      […] 40 words for emotions you’ve felt but can’t explain. […]

    • https://thoughtcatalog.com/laura-lifshitz/2016/02/7-signs-your-best-friend-is-secretly-your-frenemy/ 7 Signs Your Best Friend Is Secretly Your Frenemy | Thought Catalog

      […] this: Friendship Quotes: Only The Best For Your Bestie Read this: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain Read this: Perk Up! 13 Reasons To Love Your Small Boobs Read this: 9 Things People Don’t Realize […]

    • https://thedevilsays.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/40-words-for-emotions-youve-felt-but-couldnt-explain/ 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain | thedevilsays

      […] Source: 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain | Thought Catalog […]

    • https://anonghinahanapmo.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/identifying-feelings/ Identifying Feelings | anonghinahanapmo

      […] 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain […]

    blog comments powered by Disqus