Since a TikTok video purported to explain its meaning — something along the lines of philophobia – the term “dolonia” has been trending on social media. What is the alleged meaning of “dolonia,” and is it an actual word?
Is ‘dolonia’ a real word?
The dolonia isn’t in the Collins Dictionary, and Merriam-Webster doesn’t have an entry either. Both websites correct the word to “colonia,” which means a sparsely inhabited area in the United States, often near the Mexican border, with poor services and unsanitary conditions (per MW).
Users of social media, on the other hand, appear to be finding comfort in a widespread but unapproved significance assigned to the term “dolonia.” There are distinctions between the meanings of the words “philophobia” and “phobia,” which may help you better comprehend their meaning.
What is the meaning of the word ‘dolonia’ according to TikTok?
TikTok user TikToker, who goes by the username ewistone, or Eli Stone, takes words he considers “beautiful” and those that “describe complicated emotions.” He attributes the following meaning to the word “dolonia” in his essay on the term: “The dread of people really liking you [and] why.”
“Is life giving you a hard time?” it asks. “Do they believe you are someone who they think they deserve, someone who doesn’t have the characteristics that you despise most about yourself?”
The notion has taken hold. His video has been seen over 3 million times and liked nearly 900,000 times. It’s also spread to Twitter, where several individuals have claimed to suffer from it or otherwise identify with it.
Where does the supposed meaning of the word come from?
The term “dolonia,” which has been spreading like wildfire across social media in recent days, does have a genuine etymology.
The word “dolour” (American English: “dolor”) has the meaning “physical pain, agony, suffering.” It has cognates in Old French (douleur), Modern French (dolour), Latin (dolor) and, ultimately, Proto-Indo-European (*delh, meaning “to divide”).
Who is it that decides whether or not a term’s meaning is correct? In October 2021, Merriam-Webster added 455 new words to its dictionary, including “super-distributor,” “teraflop” and “fake-hawk.” It’s possible that the term “dolonia” will be included in the near future.