I’m an Occhiolic



n. the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

Credits: Word Definition -John Koenig: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Photography: Rona Keller

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  1. Occhiolic is going to be my word of the day. I don’t even know how to pronounce it.

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  2. Really great stuff!! Love it. 🙂


  3. ‘although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one’
    perfect quote.

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  4. A word I never knew.

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  5. what?

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  6. Interesting….. I never heard of the word before. I should of checked with the folks in the next room.

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  7. Walking to the next room. The sample is one word wiser.

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  8. Willy Nilly says:

    It’s that last phrase that saves. Being the control means you are the ONE everyone else is measured against. That can’t be all that bad….can it?

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  9. me, too, également… c’est grave, Docteur DK?!… 🙂 P.S. “occhi” = eyes in Italian and in Romanian… 😉

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  10. If the eyes are the mirror of the soul, we’re drawing conclusions all the time. Or is it windows?

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  11. It’s so so beautiful… the word and it’s meaning. One would look so eloquent if they use this word in a phrase. I loved it. It’s beautiful.

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