Words, obscure words…

16 Oct

I follow Merriam-Webster on twitter, it’s pretty funny and educational at the same time.  Today is Noah Webster’s birthday and they’re celebrating by offering up obscure words in exchange for likes.

#7 on their list of the obscure words is one I identify strongly with both as an adoptee and because of the lingering effects from my stroke that took away my words. I still struggle to find words to explain to others about adopted feelings I have/had at times. I would assume most adoptees have struggled trying to find the words to explain their feelings in that regard, which leads me to the obscure term that is one of nine obscure terms to describe it:

7. ‘Alexithymia’ – inability to identify and express or describe one’s feelings

If you like words, obscure words, here’s the twitter thread:



Posted by on October 16, 2018 in Adoption


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3 responses to “Words, obscure words…

  1. Lara/Trace

    October 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Many many years I had no words for what I felt. I didn’t even feel anything. I fear this is common in adoptees until we are way into adulthood.

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  2. beth62

    October 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you 🙂
    I have enjoyed using this word. Just waiting for someone to google it to see what kind of illness the mom has now :).

    My Alexithymia apparently prevents me from being able to express how I really feel or think about many, many things when I am asked.
    Like, who is going to pump gas this time.
    What we should have for dinner.
    The best ways to feed and clean baby
    How to fix the dishwasher
    What should we do about grandpa.
    How to tackle the falling leaves and clogged gutters.
    How to do anything I don’t want to do or talk about.
    I guess it’s just a matter of time until I get busted.

    Sooooo what are the other eight useful obscure words you mentioned??? 😀

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