Thoroughly Depressing Word of the Day: Kenopsia

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




    Thoroughly Depressing Word of the Day: Kenopsia

    Kenopsia (noun)*: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.

     

     

    * Excerpted from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows