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Zemblanity

Zem·bla·ni·ty (Zemˈbləˈniːˈtiː):
origin: coined by William Boyd; from Russian isles, Novaya Zemlya [English: Nova Zembla]

noun
The opposite of serendipity


So what is the opposite of Serendip, a southern land of spice and warmth, lush greenery and hummingbirds, seawashed, sunbasted? Think of another world in the far north, barren, icebound, cold, a world of flint and stone. Call it Zembla. Ergo: zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design. Serendipity and zemblanity: the twin poles of the axis around which we revolve.
- Armadillo, by William Boyd, 1998.





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