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Thoroughly Depressing Word of the Day: Fata Organa

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



Thoroughly Depressing Word of the Day: Fata Organa

Fata Organa (noun)*: A flash of real emotion glimpsed in someone sitting across the room, idly locked in the middle of some group conversation, their eyes glinting with vulnerability or quiet anticipation or cosmic boredom—as if you could see backstage through a gap in the curtains, watching stagehands holding their ropes at the ready, actors in costume mouthing their lines, fragments of bizarre sets waiting for some other production.

 

 

* Excerpted from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows