Emotional Granularity And The Richness of Human Idiom

The range of human emotion varies widely not only among individuals, but also across cultures. There is a poignancy in an inexpressible emotion (there ought to be a word for that!) — but there’s a good chance that what is inexpressible in one language is pinpointed by a word or phrase in another.

Tim Lomas of the University of East London has set about collecting these idioms from all over the world. Learn more here.

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  1. Tina says

    Heh! I always thought the word “poignant” does mean sort of inexpressible.

    For that matter, the word “inexpressible” does a pretty superior job of describing the concept!

    Sometimes we overlook the richness of homely words because we are so familiar with them. :-)

    Posted February 8, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    poignancy…aka “trigger”.

    Posted February 8, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink