Hi bookworms! Welcome to my new weekly meme: Exquisite Wordiness! So, what is this all about? Basically, Exquisite Wordiness is a “Word of the Week” kind of post, but every month there will be a sort of theme and all the words most be related to it.
September’s theme is “I Know That Feeling“. Remember those weird emotions you feel once in a while when you suddenly realise how small you are or how your life as been sort of meaningless so far? We all experienced these sort of feelings, but we aren’t really able to describe them in sentence, let alone in a single word. Well, allow me to enlighten you.
This week’s word is ELLIPSISM! You probably won’t find it in a normal dictionary but believe me – it exists. Check out this definition from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (how cool a name is that?):
Ellipsism n. sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out, that you’ll dutifully pass on the joke of being alive without ever learning the punchline
Have you ever felt this before? I think I kinda have. Sometimes I find myself thinking about the future – flying cars, holograms, end-of-the-world stuff – and I realise that a lot of things will happen in this world after I’m gone. There will be amazing new inventions, there will be new countries being formed and old countries being destroyed, there will be sadness and there will be happiness…
I recently read “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr – you can check my review here – and I noticed that Werner never had a chance to live through the end of WW2, that he never knew how History turned out. Werner was just a character from a book but, in a way, he represents all the soldiers and all the innocent that died during WW2 or any other war – even those battles going on nowadays. Those people will not be here to see their countries relieved of conflict.
One of the most striking sentences of “All The Light We Cannot See” is:
Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.
This is exactly what we should do – we should always live to the fullest so that we learn the punchline of being alive. I believe that there is nothing worst than dying without knowing what you lived for.
So, what are your thoughts on Ellipsism? I hope that you’ll use this word sooner or later – even if it’s just to show off to your friends :p
Come back next Monday for another “I Know That Feeling” word!
Watch your step, or you may fall down the reading hole!