The wonders of language
I am currently in the process of learning Japanese; it appeared on my 40 x 40and is still there on the Kettle List. One thing that amazes me about other languages are all of the words they have that we don’t, in terms of meaning. For example…
These are two Japanese words:
Don’t get me wrong, English has some great words too – words like defenestration and kerfuffle, (although technically we stole the first one from the French!) but sometimes a common situation arises and there just isn’t the right way to express it. So I have been pondering about some things that happen often enough that they probably deserve their own words.
Introducing friends to your favourite shows
I refuse to believe that this only happens to me: you have been singing the praises of a particular show to your friends for ages, and they finally agree to watch one with you… And it is terrible, the worst episode of that show you have ever seen. You then have to explain it is usually better than that, but they do not looked convinced, just disappointed in your programme choices.
Tastes like the smell of…
Peardrops taste like the smell of nail varnish and no-one will convince me otherwise!
One of my friends says gin tastes like the smell of pine cleaning fluid… But she just might have had a really wild night out once, either way there has to be a word ‘fir’ this phenomenon…
Fir, because pine? … And also auto correct, but mainly an intentional pun.
The British ‘are you sure’ conversation.:
You have been offered the last biscuit, ‘no, that’s fine’ you declare, the other person insists and you faux reluctantly take the biscuit that you wanted all along.
This is so prevalent in British society that there should be a word to describe how annoyed you get when someone doesn’t play properly, by either not refusing the item initially and just taking it, or by saying ‘fair enough’ and stuffing the biscuit after only your first refusal.
This can also be applied to people not following the very specific rules of ‘post office’ queues. Where you stand in one line and the person at the front gets served by which ever counter is free. Many places have this down now, the Post Office, Primark, my bank, but some people still do not get it. But then British queue etiquette deserves an entire website, much less a hastily written post… I bet there is one somewhere…
Over to you
I am sure there are loads of examples, and with new words being invented all the time (or ‘creaspearasized’ – to create words in the fashion of Shakespeare) it seems remiss that they haven’t made them for these problems.
Any suggestions for words that need to be created?
I will keep pondering this one and may come back to it… But first, I am finishing my lunch!