Today I learned a new word over at A Cup of Jo:
Sonder – The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.
How good are you at that? I’m the worst. When it pours, I tend to forget that I’m not the only one getting rained on.
The writer in me immediately wanted to know more about this word, so imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find it in the dictionary. It turns out that sonder isn’t a “real” word. Maybe if it were, we’d all be better at it? A girl can dream.
One google search led to another and I learned that the word sonder was actually coined by an artist named John Koenig and exists only in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — his project that names emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. There are some real gems in this dictionary. Some of my favorites being:
Altschmerz – Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had.
Liberosis – The desire to care less about things.