Meaning: the bitter-sweetness of having arrived in the future, where you can finally get the answers to how things turn out in the real world, but not being able to tell your past self.
Etymology: French (not sure)
Usage in a sentence: “If only enouement were possible in life..”
You would be quite acquainted with this feeling. Have you been in the following situations?
- You worked so hard for that Math test. You predicted that all the difficult-to-solve-but-easy-for-the-nerds questions would be asked. And when the paper finally found its place on your table, you see all the easy questions.The same ones you didn’t even bother to read. And now you have no clue about what to write in the answer sheet. You wish you had known this earlier, so you could have concentrated on the easier sums, and still managed to take some time out and watch that latest flick in the cinemas.
- You had absolutely no clue about how a situation would turn out to be. And then as you time passed by, it all started looking brighter and better. The only regret you now have, is that you didn’t trust yourself enough to accept what was going to come your way. And thus (probably) imagined all the worse-case scenarios, and got yourself worked up for no reason.
Maybe we could build a machine? To predict and foresee into the future? Would you be willing to buy/use such a machine? Share your reasons why or why not in the comments section! 🙂
Information sourced at The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows