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Anonymous asked: what's the word that describes the realization or understanding that everyone you ever meet or pass in life has their own life and that you may or may not be a part of it but everything is connected? (sorry, i honestly can't remember very well)

My original answer to this question kind of turned controversial, for reasons I don’t entirely understand myself. In order to maintain the appearance of this blog and avoid further controversy, I’ve relocated the huge walls of text all the posts relevant to this discussion to my answerblog.

The direct answer is here. A further discussion about using “made-up” words, and this one in particular, is here. Here are the rest of the posts about language, language’s evolution, new words, “made-up” words, the wordness status of “made-up” words, and my personal stance about what I call “the balance between invention and tradition”. And here┬áis my defense against people calling me a prescriptivist, which I am not.

I really recommend reading through all these posts; it’ll help you understand my opinions on the fairly sticky idea of “real words”, and you can decide your own opinion. Questions or comments can be directed to Otherwordly’s askbox! Dialogue is welcomed.

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  2. cochleandus said: Nice to learn about that French meaning. :) I always connected it to the German “besonders”, meaning “special”.
  3. jkcreative said: Actually, sonder is based on real words: it’s French for ‘to plumb, to probe’ and German for ‘special.’ (source: me, the author)
  4. inthenimtime said: Omnibiosis is a good word…
  5. journeyproactively said: Serendipity? I believe that’s the word for it.
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