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  • The opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and unexpected discoveries by design; the inexorable discovery of what we don't what to know. Word derived from Zembla, an barren, frigid Artic island -- Nova Zembla -- the site of a nuclear facility now used for testing non-nuclear explosives.

    -Peter Bowler

    May 5, 2008

  • The arctic island is actually called Novaya Zemlya, which in Russian simply means "New Land." "Nova Zembla" represents an older Dutch, and then English, mispronunciation. So "zemblanity" (a word I like, actually) was itself born of a mistake. How appropriate.

    May 6, 2008

  • What doesn't kill me makes me increasingly disappointed.

    October 10, 2008

  • To name the world's precipitous

    affliction of humanity,

    I find it serendipitous

    to chance upon "zemblanity".

    June 14, 2009

  • Zemblanity. Plz add.

    August 25, 2018