Ellipsism: The Melancholy of Missing Out on the Future

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is filled to the brim with invented words of unexpected poignancy. Every once in a while, however, it produces something unexpected; a term that truly encapsulates with utter perfection a once-unutterable feeling. One of the more famous of these is the word anemoia, or nostalgia or a time you’ve never known. Another, buried by obscurity, is ellipsism, or the melancholy of missing out on the future.

Of course, as a completely made-up word, its definition is rather flexible, but definitions do tend to fit…

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Writer of the most eclectic mix of material this side of the Mississippi. Author, 2016–2019. Blogger, 2017–2022. Columbia University, 2020–2024.

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J. W. Barlament

J. W. Barlament

Writer of the most eclectic mix of material this side of the Mississippi. Author, 2016–2019. Blogger, 2017–2022. Columbia University, 2020–2024.

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