John Koenig’s ‘Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows’, a compendium of invented words for emotions we all feel

 The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows aims to fill the gaps in the English language with terms to describe new emotions.

The Dictionary originated in 2009 as a blog at and developed in a YouTube series, Twitter account and a book. Its author, John Koenig, is a video maker, voice actor, graphic designer, and writer.

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows “creates beautiful new words that we need but do not yet have,” says John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars. By turns poignant, relatable, and mind-bending, the definitions include whimsical etymologies drawn from languages around the world, interspersed with otherworldly collages and lyrical essays that explore forgotten corners of the human condition—from “astrophe,” the longing to explore beyond the planet Earth, to “zenosyne,” the sense that time keeps getting faster. 

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is for anyone who enjoys a shift in perspective, pondering the ineffable feelings that make up our lives. With a gorgeous package and beautiful illustrations throughout, this is the perfect gift for creatives, word nerds, and human beings everywhere.

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