Write Away: “Sonder”

Write Away Cat - ReducedThis week, I’m obsessed about the word, “Sonder,” which I found on a nifty Pinterest site, Cool Words and Their Meaning, by Marisa Turpin.  What does this word mean?

– the realization each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.  

How cool is that? Haven’t heard about Sonder before? The noun seems to have been invented by John Koenig and was planned to be described in his upcoming book, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

I’m fascinated by the idea, but I can’t find the book on Amazon and his online references / social media postings seem to be 3-6 years old. Which is a bummer. Maybe he needs to create another new word…that longing for a book you’ve heard about, and would love to read, but it may not get published.


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