Word of the Day – 22 October 2017: Occhiolism.


Welcome to the new regular feature on my blog – WOTD. Each day a new word will be suggested as the word of the day, which could either be an already existing (but rarely used) word or may be a completely made-up one. There will be a short definition and, ideally, an example of how the word would be used in everyday conversation.

I encourage anyone to provide their own words, either in the comments below or by linking their posted word to this blog. Don’t forget the definition or maybe when it should be used.

So, today’s word is: Occhiolism (Noun).

Pronounced: Ock-ee-oh-lism.

The awareness of the smallness of your own 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. 🙂

Not, as might be expected, in any way related to Alcoholism – but may lead to it. 😉

Eg:  Mike was suddenly hit by a tidal wave of occhiolism mid-rant. This took the wind of conviction completely out of the sails of the sailboat of outrage against the world’s problems he was currently captaining.

(Word courtesy of John Koening at http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com)




  1. I consider that a high compliment indeed! Thank you Cee! 🙂

    Just fyi… you are my current comment list leader! I love getting yours 🙂

    Thanks for all the encouragement! 🙂



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