Words have power. They can hurt or inspire. They impress and deter. Words create the foundation of civilization, of religion, and touch upon our expression to the world.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the story mentions ‘doublespeak’ or more specific ‘doublethink’, where the government obscured certain ideas and concepts. I interpreted this as a deliberate means to prevent people from even thinking about certain concepts, because they wouldn’t have a means to talk about them.
That’s fiction. However, there are words and phrases that we don’t have to describe certain things;
Scottish – The act of hesitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name
German- the pleasure derived from someone else’s pain
A smile that is insincere or mocking. Literally, a blue smile.
This doesn’t even cover the myriad of expression people create on their own. My own family invented a number of expressions;
‘Rusty Spaghetti’– Named after my dog Rusty when she would try to grab cooked spaghetti thrown at her. It means being unable to make decisions, or having too many decision that you end up doing nothing.
What words do you know that are unique that describe concepts? Post in comments.