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27 November 2013
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lachesism

n. the desire to be struck by disaster—surviving a plane crash, losing everything in a fire, plunging over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

02 August 2013
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dead reckoning

n. to find yourself bothered by someone’s death more than you would have expected, as if you assumed they would always be part of the landscape, like a lighthouse you could pass by for years until the night it suddenly goes dark, leaving you with one less landmark to navigate by—still able to find your bearings, but feeling all that much more adrift.

16 July 2013
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12 October 2012
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la gaudière

n. the glint of goodness inside people, which you can only find by sloshing them back and forth in your mind until everything dark and gray and common falls away, leaving behind a constellation at the bottom of the pan—a rare element trapped in exposed bedrock, washed there by a storm somewhere upstream.

25 September 2012
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other-wordly:

pronunciation | “bi-blE-‘oth-e-“ker-E

other-wordly:

pronunciation | “bi-blE-‘oth-e-“ker-E

04 July 2012
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other-wordly:

pronunciation | "ep-an-or-‘thO-sis\

other-wordly:

pronunciation | "ep-an-or-‘thO-sis\

02 July 2012
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here’s a bonus word for today to make up for allowing unpleasantness to make it onto the blog, and as a promise that I’ll avoid it in the future. I’m sorry! back to business. pronunciation |  \I-‘rEn-ic\ (eye-REEN-ik)

other-wordly:

here’s a bonus word for today to make up for allowing unpleasantness to make it onto the blog, and as a promise that I’ll avoid it in the future. I’m sorry! back to business. 
pronunciation | \I-‘rEn-ic\ (eye-REEN-ik)

01 July 2012
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other-wordly:

pronunciation |  \or-O-tund\ (OAR-oh-tund)

other-wordly:

pronunciation | \or-O-tund\ (OAR-oh-tund)

27 June 2012
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pronunciation |  \ad-‘ves-per-“a-sit\   submitted by |  Sweet Blasphemy [sterlingchainsaws] submit words | hereon the part of speech | it is a verb, as far as I can tell—in Latin, anyways.

other-wordly:

pronunciation | \ad-‘ves-per-“a-sit\
submitted by | Sweet Blasphemy [sterlingchainsaws]
submit words | here
on the part of speech | it is a verb, as far as I can tell—in Latin, anyways.

04 June 2012
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sonder

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

04 April 2012
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06 March 2012
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A word that does not exist in the English language:

Ya’aburnee

Arabic – Both morbid and beautiful at once, this incantatory word means “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.

11 February 2012
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xeno

n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence—moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.

31 January 2012
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mahpiohanzi

n. the disappointment of being unable to fly, unable to stretch out your arms and vault into the air, having finally shrugged off the ballast of your own weight and ignited the fuel tank of unfulfilled desires you’ve been storing up since before you were born.

02 August 2011

shark porn

noun.

chilling cinematic moments when hungry sharks chomp on underwater aluminum cages, filled with divers, during TV news stories and so-called documentaries.