Thursday, April 18, 2013

O for ... ...

I am late in my A to Z Challenge. So today you all have to read both my O & P posts! Sorry friends! :)

O for "Obscure Words".


Not discovered or known about; uncertain.
Keep from being seen; conceal.
adjective.  dim - dark - indistinct - vague - murky - abstruse
verb.  darken - dim - hide - conceal - cloud - overshadow

And these are some from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Do check the link for some awesome words to describe those emotions you felt and gone through but never had a name to express.

n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable—their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque—as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out

n. a twinge of sadness that there’s no frontier left, that as the last explorer trudged with his armies toward a blank spot on the map, he didn’t suddenly remember his daughter’s upcoming piano recital and turn for home, leaving a new continent unexplored so we could set its mists and mountains aside as a strategic reserve of mystery, if only to answer more of our children’s questions with “Nobody knows! Out there, anything is possible.”

n. fear that your connections with people are ultimately shallow, that although your relationships feel congenial at the time, an audit of your life would produce an emotional safety deposit box of low-interest holdings and uninvested windfall profits, which will indicate you were never really at risk of joy, sacrifice or loss.

n. the exhilarating dread of finally pursuing a lifelong dream, which requires you to put your true abilities out there to be tested on the open savannah, no longer protected inside the terrarium of hopes and delusions that you created in kindergarten and kept sealed as long as you could, only to break in case of emergency

n. the default expression that your face automatically reverts to when idle—amused, melancholic, pissed off—which occurs when a strong emotion gets buried and forgotten in the psychological laundry of everyday life, leaving you wearing an unintentional vibe of pink or blue or gray, or in rare cases, a tie-dye of sheer madness

n. the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of a small cabin, just the kind of hypnotic diversion that allows your thoughts to make a break for it and wander back to their cubicles in the city

God Blez.


  1. hey only just seen you O post...some interestibg words here, i can see why they are obscure. not sure i would ever be able to use the apoma word or spell it!

    1. Me too. I wonder who found out these words?

  2. Hmm Zielschmerz is definitely fitting for what I am about to get myself into in grad school!

  3. Damn. Really obscure.

    Literally had to jump from never had a name to express to God Blez

  4. Haha, I love those! Some of them actually have a sarcastic, amusing slant to them. I think that is one of my new favorite websites! :)

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog:

    1. They do got some great words but really difficult to pronounce.