Thoroughly Depressing Word of the Day: Catoptric Tristesse

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.



Thoroughly Depressing Word of the Day: Catoptric Tristesse

Catoptric Tristesse (noun): The sadness that you’ll never really know what other people think of you, whether good, bad or if at all—that although we reflect on each other with the sharpness of a mirror, the true picture of how we’re coming off somehow reaches us softened and distorted, as if each mirror was preoccupied with twisting around, desperately trying to look itself in the eye.

 

All entries courtesy The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows