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Word of the Day – Vellichor

By March 21, 2015Word of the Day

Vellichor (noun) (literary)


The strange wistfulness of a used bookshop.

Bookshops are somehow infused with the passage of time, filled with thousands of old books that you would never have time to read. Each book is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated like an old room abandoned by the author, an annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day that they were captured.

Example sentences

“The moment the scent of lignin hit her nostrils she was overcome with vellichor. ”

“There’s a bookshop on the corner and just walking past fills me with a sense of vellichor.”

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