Names of feelings we’ve felt

edna_t658The article “23 Emotions We all Feel But Don’t Know the Names of” is a list of made-up words for inchoate or unsettling thoughts we’ve all had (mostly). It is quite interesting, more in the feelings author Bobby Popovic identifies than in the words he has coined for Those words drill a bit more deeply into lexicography than I can plumb (mostly), but some of the coinages strike home and almost all of the feelings do.

The words, in order, are sonder, opia, monachpsis, énouement, vellichor, rubatosis, kenopsia, Mauerbauertraurigkeit, jouska, christalism, vemödalen, anecdoche, ellipsism, kuebiko, lachesism, exulansis, adronitis, Ruckkehrunruhe, nodus tollens, onism, liberosis, Altschmerz and Occhiolism.

I want to make one up that relates to the general subject of this blog, architecture, but nothing pops to mind so I will make do with a recent coinage of, I think, Andrés Duany, a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, whose upcoming treatise Heterodoxia Architectonica I have helped to edit. Palladiophobia is the fear of liking architecture that is widely known for its likability. Its root is from Palladio, the famous Renaissance architect. Maybe I am not defining it quite as Duany would, but I commend his neologistical chops.

If the 23 words on the list were actually made up by Popovic, cited as the writer of the piece, then I must congratulate him. Meanwhile, I will doff my hat to my wife, Victoria Somlo, for tipping me off to his list.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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