I found this article a few weeks back. It was fascinating really. How many times have you ever said, “I wish I knew what to call this feeling … “? Well, here are some words that might help. I know going down the list, there were a few I identified with, especially this one:
n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal on a beach—lumbering, clumsy, easily distracted, huddled in the company of other misfits, unable to recognize the ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.
I confess, if I could only have one word to describe my entire life, it would be that one. Perhaps on my tombstone, I’ll have “No Longer Feeling Monachopsis!” engraved on it.
Enjoy! And may you find a word of your very own.
Exulansis: when there’s not an actual word for what you’re trying to explain. We feel more than we have the language to articulate and express, which is in itself profoundly frustrating. People work through emotions by being able to identify them and use them as signals. A lot of the time, we’re left in the dark. Enter the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the brainchild of writer John Koenig, who is here to give you words for the feelings you may not have even known you were having. Here are 40 of them:
My husband is looking for the perfect writing software. I used to look for the perfect pen, now that I think about it. I remember when I was a teen, going into a local office supply store. It wasn’t a big box store like they are now, just a local mom and pop type of store. The guy behind the counter asked if he could help me find anything and I said, “I am looking for the perfect pen.” He raised his brows at me and kind of laughed. I didn’t realize what a nerd I was.
Finding the right tool to express yourself with is sometimes a big hurdle to cross. I have dozens of pens. My husband has tons of software and keyboards. We’re alike like that, lol, I’m just a cheaper date.
I found a link to some software I’d bookmarked as a blog post draft, called Hemingway Editor. It looks quite awesome, and the web version is free. The desktop version isn’t all that expensive, at $10 a pop. It’s not the perfect software my husband is looking for – it doesn’t seem to have a dark version for reducing eye strain, and it doesn’t seem to have navigational aspects to it, like when you use headers in Word. But for blogging and letters, compositions and general day to day writing, it looks like it’d be a handy dandy tool.
Do you use any kind of software like that to help strengthen your writing skills? I’m debating. I’ve been told that my writing and speaking styles are nothing alike – that anyone reading me would think I’m a totally different person than if they spoke with me. I’ve been trying to work on that. I was so conditioned in school on proper sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, etc. For me, its difficult to write how I speak. Basically we were taught not to do that. But maybe something like Hemingway Editor is worth a shot.
What’re your thoughts on it?
Some good information for the writerly types! ~Ness