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The News Minute | October 27, 2014 | 3.42 pm IST There is no word in the English language for the desire to disappear, or the eerie tension of a looming thunderstorm… Or the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own… the suspicion that your life is utterly unique, or the suspicion that it is not...  This is the introduction to a new web series called The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows whose “mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious. In other words, find words to express emotions and feelings for which there are none, in the English language at least.  Graphic designer and filmmaker by John Koenig has embarked on project to name the undefined in English language. For the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own… he’s come up with “sonder”. In a video released on October 26, Koenig explains the meaning of the word – rather imaginatively – in two-and-a-half minutes, with aesthetic black-and-white visuals showing people go about their everyday routines, their worries, mistakes, “inherited craziness”. Almost as if explaining the need for such a project, Koenig adds at the end of the promo video: "For lack of a better world"
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