John Koenig:
Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

TEDxBerkeley · 7:28 · Filmed Feb 2016
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John Koenig loves finding words that express our unarticulated feelings — like "lachesism," the hunger for disaster, and "sonder," the realization that everyone else's lives are as complex and unknowable as our own. Here, he meditates on the meaning we assign to words and how these meanings latch onto us.

John Koenig is writing an original dictionary of made-up words. Full bio
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