Sonder: Defining One Of Life's Biggest Realizations
Mar 4, 2015
Filmmaker John Koenig decided to help fill in these gaps with "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows," a collection of invented words that convey similar emotions. In this episode, he presents "sonder" - the subtle realization that everyone around you is the star of their own personal story, as rich and complex as your own.
Although the English language is a vast and beautiful one, people who speak other languages such as German or Japanese might know that there are many cases where English falls short of conveying certain feelings. The Scottish word "tartle" - the moment of panic when you meet someone and promptly forget their name - is a great example. We've all been there at some point, but we never knew the word until now.