This Friday is the second part of our Escape the Ordinary series. Instead of looking at physical objects like we have in the past, such as libraries or technology, this week is about the abstract; words and language. Authors are known for inventing words when they feel like they just can’t find the right one. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows follows in the footsteps of inventive authors. It is:
“a compendium of invented words written by graphic designer and editor, John Koening. 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,” Koenig writes. Koenig has coined dozens of words since he founded the site in 2009, pinpointing and defining emotions many people have felt but haven’t been able to communicate. Each word actually means something etymologically, having been built from one of a dozen languages or renovated jargon. Along with the Tumblr, Koenig now produces a weekly video on his YouTube channel, and offers detailed etymologies of his words on Facebook.”
There is a certain beauty in words, and Koening’s words help to identify abstract feelings and emotions that are surprisingly universally experienced by humanity.
Don’t forget!!! Tomorrow, May 30, sign-ups become available for all Summer programming. This includes the Great Decisions 8 part series and the Adult Summer Reading Club. There are prizes for the first sign-ups and space is limited. Hope to see you through the summer to Escape the Ordinary!