Vocalize Your Feelings: 9 Little-Known Words to Describe Common Emotions

Have you ever noticed that there’s a word for everything? In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary contains more than 171,000 words.

There are even words for your emotions. All of them.

The human mind is very complex, capable of feeling certain things that you might not have ever imagined needed a name. And yet every emotion has been fully labeled and categorized so that the entire breadth of human psychology can be better understood.

This article takes a look at 9 words to describe common emotions that you probably never knew had names.

Keep reading to discover insight into the English language that will blow your mind

1. Nodus Tollens

Here’s something most people can relate to. You know that moment when you realize your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore? That’s called “nodus tollens”.

Even though you been following the arc of your story as it naturally unfolds, you suddenly have to stop and skim back through the series of events that lead you to this moment.

It’s the feeling of finally understanding that life is much more random than you previously believed.

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2. Onism

Onism is the sudden awareness of how small your personal experiences are compared to the amount of the world you’ll never experience.

It’s like staring at the airport departure board at all the amazing places you could visit, and realizing you’ll only be able to visit a small number of them during your lifetime.

This can cause sadness or even a feeling of loss, yet it’s just a simple realization of how vast the world is compared to what you will experience as an individual.

3. Nighthawk

This is the name for a recurring thought that only seems to occur late at night. Such as a looming deadline, and overdue task, or some type of vague fear about the future.

It’s as if these particular thoughts wait until bedtime to attack, plaguing your mind with specific anxieties.

Nighthawks often go away for days, weeks, or even months before returning suddenly to fill you with dread. It’s as if they are waiting outside the bedroom window for you to relax, then sneak inside to build another nest in your mind.

4. Adrontis

This is the term for the amount of time it takes you to get to know someone.

Think about when you meet someone, perhaps at school or at work. You likely have a short conversation at first, each gauging the other. Then over a period of time, the person becomes more and more familiar to you. The casualness of your relationship gradually melts away.

Sometimes adrontis takes weeks or months, but eventually, you are no longer strangers to one another.

5. Anemoia

Do you consider yourself a fan of ancient history and wish you could experience it firsthand? Or perhaps you were born in the 1990s yet have a fondness for the 1960s. This is called “anemoia”, or nostalgia for a time you’ve never experienced.

This occurs when you daydream about what it would be like to watch the workers of ancient Egypt build the pyramids or sit on a riverbank in France a few hundred years ago, smelling the air and enjoying the beautiful flowers.

Anemoia isn’t uncommon. After all, everyone has an imagination, and it’s natural to be curious about how those who came before us lived their lives.

6. The Tilt Shift

There is a phenomenon in life in which your experiences seem small and unimpressive until you write them down and see them in an entirely new light.

The Tilt Shift makes the seemingly inconsequential timeline of your life seem suddenly epic, and you perhaps cannot believe that you are actually looking at the moments of your life rather than someone else’s.

This is due to the fact that the subject viewpoint is quite different from the objective viewpoint. In fact, the change in perspective can be hard to wrap your mind around.

It can actually help provide a greater appreciation for everything been through rather than believing that your life has been boring or uneventful.

7. Heartworm

Next on the list of little know emotions is “heartworm”. Everyone has at least one heartworm in their life. These are relationships that you simply can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try.

The person from this relationship has perhaps been out of your life for many years, and your feelings for them faded long ago, and yet you apparently maintain some form of unfinished business with them.

A heartworm is much like a campfire that’s been extinguished, and yet warm embers remain after a day or two, still hot enough to potentially spark a fire.

8. Keyframe

Keyframe refers to a moment that might seem rather banal or innocuous at the time, and yet ended up representing an entirely new path for your life.

This doesn’t occur due to any major epiphanies or dramatic moment, it’s actually quite imperceptible. You’ll likely only notice the change of direction in retrospect as you look back over a specific flow on events.

In fact, you might not notice the keyframe until many years after the fact.

9. Catoptric Tristesse

This is the sadness experienced at the realization that you’ll never fully know what others think of you. No matter if their thoughts are good or bad, you’ll simply never know. Thus you might burn far too much energy trying to make someone love you who already does or who never will.

A Guide to Unusual Words that Describe Common Emotions

The world is full of interesting words that describe every detail of life. Some you’ll learn and some you won’t. Fortunately, these words that describe common emotions provide a bit of insight into what you experience on a daily basis.

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