Words are beautiful.
Mokita (New Guinea) – Describing the truth everyone knows but nobody says.
Some have argued that no such thing exists independent of the language we speak — that our innermost subconscious representations and thoughts and categories for the world are all mutable by language.
“You’re SUCH an alcoholic, lol!”
Hi. My name is Ari Eastman, I identify as female, and I work on the internet.
I’ve spent half a lifetime wincing at incorrectly placed commas, mixed up words and split infinitives.
For a 40th year, Lake Superior State University has celebrated its freezing New Year in Michigan by issuing a list of “banished” words that we misuse or overuse. Pretty annoying. But if not “user-friendly” (they banished that phrase in 1984), the list does have its uses.
We have several words to describe love in English yet still, there are some shades within the spectrum of that emotion we haven’t been able to capture in our own language.
Language is powerful.
We hope they inspire you to learn the local idioms next time you travel!