8 Strange Words That Put Your Emotions Into Context

We have all felt some emotions that we just couldn’t put into words at some point in our lives. Fortunately, the English language is quite extensive, and some words sum up those feelings perfectly. 

Emotions can be pretty tricky to explain, even if you have an expert-level vocabulary. There are very few words that can sum up most human emotional experiences, but those words exist within the English language. 

Not being able to articulate yourself can be frustrating, but you may not need to worry about that any longer. Read more to have a look at ten strange words that put some hard to describe emotions into context. 


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The world is a lot bigger than one can imagine, and no one person can experience it all. Onism is a noun that names the awareness that you’ll never experience the world in its entirety. 

Mal de Coucou

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Being the life of the party is only fun if you have people you can turn off the performance around. Mal de Coucou is the phenomenon where a person has an incredibly active social life but little to no close friends to open up to. 


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Sonder explains the realization that everyone’s lives are just as whole and complex as yours is. When you sonder, you realize that every random person has their own epic story that you will never know.

Hanker Sore

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Have you ever found someone so attractive that it made you feel upset or angry? You know, like those times you just can’t look at Emily Ratajakowski? Hanker sore is the adjective for that very confusing yet definite feeling. 


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Many people get a warm and fuzzy feeling from watching a thunderstorm pass from indoors. This feeling of perfectly pure serenity is called chrysalism, and it is the perfect word to use in a poem the next time you watch the rainfall. 



Sometimes you can end up staring at leaves tussle in the wind or the steam rising from your cup of tea for a while. This trance-like state of soaking in the small sensory details of being alive is called ambedo. 


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Heartworm sounds like a painful heart infection, and it sort of is, except it isn’t medical at all. This word defines a friendship or relationship that you thought had faded, but you just can’t seem to get out of your head.


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Some fleeting moments shared with strangers hold a powerful connection that is unforgettable. Xeno is the word that defines these tiny but meaningful moments of human connection that make us feel less alone. 

Written by:
Siba Mosana

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