Watch: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
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As humans, we encounter an infinite number of emotions and experiences - some are fleeting, and others capture us, drawing us into the unmapped labyrinth that is our subconscious. Although the feelings we have are countless, words are not. Our language is limited, and we often find ourselves speechless, without a way to articulately express what it is that we are going through. Now, there is someone that seeks to put a name these complex emotions - or, as freelance graphic designer and filmmaker John Koenig likes to call them, Obscure Sorrows. Koenig coins original terms that aim to fill the gaps in language, and provides readers with in-depth definitions, as well as explaining the etymological decisions behind the word. Koenig, from Minnesota, is also the author of ‘The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.’ In his words, he created the dictionary in order to “harpoon, bag and tag wild sorrows, then release them gently back into the subconscious.” On his YouTube channel, he writes, edits, and narrates short films to enhance his dictionary entries, the result of which is powerful, and often very moving. Take, for example, Yù YÄ«, a noun defined as “the desire to see with fresh eyes, and feel things just as intensely as you did when you were younger—before expectations, before memory, before words.”
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