Dictionary of Missing Words is an exercise in paying attention to phenomena you encounter — sensations, concepts, states between states, feelings, slippery things — that could be named, but don’t seem to be. More here and here.
This week’s missing word is from reader Bethany McLean, via the comments:
I’ve long been in search of the word that describes the feeling you experience when another middle aged person forgets a word, or can’t remember a basic fact, or messes up time zones. It’s not schadenfreude, because you aren’t taking pleasure in their misfortune. Rather, it’s intense relief that forgetfulness is normal, especially now.
I definitely know this feeling. Thanks so much, Bethany.
What else should we add to The Dictionary of Missing Words? Leave your suggestion — or respond to this one — in the comments.
Next week: a new icebreaker. (The Dictionary of Missing Words series now alternates with Icebreaker of the Week, and Something to Notice.)
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