A weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years, which leaves them soggy and tasteless and inert, with nothing interesting left to think about, nothing left to do but spit them out and wander off to the backyard, ready to dig up some fresher pain you might have buried long ago.
Prothalamium /ˌprəʊθəˈleɪmɪəm/ ~ A song or poem celebrating a forthcoming wedding.
Aftersome ~ Astonished to think back on the bizarre sequence of accidents that brought you to where you are today—as if you’d spent years bouncing down a Plinko pegboard, passing through a million harmless decision points, any one of which might’ve changed everything—which makes your long and winding path feel fated from the start, yet so unlikely as to be virtually impossible.
Ringlorn ~ The wish that the modern world felt as epic as the one depicted in old stories and folktales—a place of tragedy and transcendence, of oaths and omens and fates, where everyday life felt like a quest for glory, a mythic bond with an ancient past, or a battle for survival against a clear enemy, rather than an open-ended parlor game where all the rules are made up and the points don’t matter.
Paro ~ The feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong—as if there’s some obvious way forward that everybody else can see but you, each of them leaning back in their chair and calling out helpfully, “colder, colder, colder…”
Onism ~ The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die—and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.
Abecedarian /ˌeɪbiːsiːˈdɛːrɪən/ ~ Arranged alphabetically. Rudimentary; elementary.
Technicolor /ˈtɛknɪkʌlə/ ~ A process of colour cinematography using synchronized monochrome films, each of a different colour, to produce a colour print. Vivid colour.
Incandescent /ɪnkanˈdɛs(ə)nt/ ~ Emitting light as a result of being heated. Full of strong emotion; passionate.
Euphemism /ˈjuːfəmɪz(ə)m/ ~ A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.