When there is no word for it in English, why not just invent one?
New vocabulary is invented all the time, but many experiences have no words to describe them, such as the urge to squeeze a fat baby’s legs
The Observer, Sunday 10 August 2014
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Lauren Laverne: ‘There are many human experiences the English language has yet to name, such as the German kummerspeck – grief bacon – meaning weight gained by emotional overeating.’ Photograph: MS photos/Alamy
When even our expansive lexicon fails me, I look beyond my mother tongue. “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” and all that. Other cultures have pinpointed human experiences which the English language has yet to name. Continue reading