As of January 1st 2014 there were apparently 1,025,109.8 words in the english language. The millionth word was ‘Web 2.0.’ Language is fascinating. It often allows us to communicate so explicitly, exactly what we are thinking. And yet there are still so many things, feelings, emotions, situations that remain nameless and indescribable.
I’ve decided to make a list of some things that I think need a word to describe them, as I believe that they may be universal experiences.
Disclaimer. I don’t know all 1,025,109.8 words (what is that .8 anyway?) so there is a potential for redundancy here.
1. The feeling you get as you try to describe something important to you to someone else, and slowly come to realize that no one will ever begin to understand it’s significance to you, or its significance, period.
2. When you snooze your alarm and proceed to fall back asleep and dream that you get out of bed and do all the things that you’re supposed to be getting up to do.
3. When someone says exactly what you were thinking.
4. The feeling of beginnings. Knowing that you’re in a place that your future self will envy, and not knowing if you are taking full advantage of it.
5. The overwhelming urge to do something out of character, but ultimately resisting despite the desire.
6. Not loneliness- but simply wanting someone to share a beautiful, or astonishing, or incomprehensible moment with.
7. The belief and realization that even in this world where everything seems to already exist, and be named and accounted for; you could create something unique.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I’d love to hear your own ideas!