Beautiful designs capture complex emotions

Overwhelmed by ambedo? Laid low by catoptic tristesse? These designs will help you put names to those emotions that you can't quite describe.

Beautiful designs capture those feelings that you don't have a word for - Monachopsis

"Sorry, I can't come in today. Bad case of monachopsis."

How are you feeling today? Happy? Sad? Or more likely, is your emotional state a little more complex than that, without a handy word to accurately describe it? The sort of mood that you can only really address by getting a watercolor tattoo or learning how to paint; what do you call that?

John Koenig's Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a site dedicated to inventing new words that describe those complex emotions that the English language fails to accurately summarise.

Beautiful designs capture those feelings that you don't have a word for - Vellichor

Discover useful names for feelings you couldn't quite describe before

The strange wistfulness of second-hand book shops? That's vellichor. A moment that seemed innocuous at the time but ended up marking a diversion into a strange new era of your life? A keyframe.

Beautiful designs capture those feelings that you don't have a word for - Opia

You can find hundreds more of these over at John Koenig's site

Koenig's site has hundreds of these wonderful little invented and borrowed words, each of them neatly encapsulating an emotional state that no-one's previously thought to name, and now the guys at Live Learn Evolve have collated 11 of them and turned them into beautiful designs.

Beautiful designs capture those feelings that you don't have a word for - Ambedo

So that's what vuvuzelas are good for

So if you've ever experienced the sadness that you'll never truly know what people think about you, or a melancholic trance in which you become absorbed in vivid sensory details, or if you've over-analysed a momentary state of happiness to the extent that you reduce it to a mere aftertaste, then these designs will help you put a name to your emotional state.

Beautiful designs capture those feelings that you don't have a word for - Kenopsia

In other words: you think too much

You can find the entire set of designs here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim McCauley is a writer, editor and occasional podcaster, and is available for space parties.