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April 13, 2013, 18:27
Robert Arvanitis
Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Sounds like something from Borges, but it's an interesting if idiosyncratic compilation.

Personal favorite - sonder.

(Searched Wordcraft for the phrase but found nothings.)

April 13, 2013, 21:05
FWIW, sonder (German) is a cognate of sunder in English.

April 14, 2013, 04:55
Robert Arvanitis
Interesting cognate.

There is a German sense to sonder, meaning "special" (perhaps "apart?") in distinction to a French sense of "probe" (similar to the English "sound").

So perhaps both apply in the Obscure Sorrows sense of recognizing a different perspective

April 14, 2013, 21:47
Loved it, Robert! I can't imagine one word meaning so much, as with opia.

By the way, welcome to our discussion board, AnWulf. I hope you will pull up a chair and stay awhile.