The Catalog of New Emotions: Aipang


Aipaing (pronounced: /ˈaɪpæŋ/) noun — the waves of alternating sadness and anger felt upon hearing someone you care for has cancer.

Usage:    When Jill told him she had breast cancer, Jack was overwhelmed with aipang.
The aipang would return often, suddenly and without warning.

Etymology: The word arises from the observation that the feelings and reactions associated with cancer are distinct from those associated with other serious illness. The pronunciation of the word is suggest by two Chinese words 癌 ai: cancer 螃:pang crab.

The Catalog of New Emotions is a project to refine our emotional sensibilities through the creation of new emotions and the development of a vocabulary to express these new emotions. If you would like to contribute to this project leave a comment the definition of the new emotion, including pronunciation; examples of usage; etymology of the word and why this new emotion is necessary.

To see all the entries in  The Catalog of New Emotions, click here.


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