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Visual Vocabulary: Weltschmerz

Weltschmerz: Sadness on thinking about the evils of the world. As in, “Some days, the sense of Weltschmerz when listening to the news is just too much for me, so I have to turn on some mind-numbing fluff music to keep myself from feeling all the feelings.”

Visual Vocabulary: weltschmerz, Julie Rado Design


I think we’ve all felt some Velt-shmerts with the news lately, haven’t we? Thankfully, there are things like Mommy unicorns giving birth to triplets at the zoo to keep us hopeful. 

Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.