power of words - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
Language and culture are reflections of one another, that feed each other, for better and worse, and so we must take great care with the power of our words.
The idea of “missing words” is an interesting one, to find a gap one needs to realise that something you wish to say either isn’t possible with the language you have or that it takes a lot of words to say something that is very simple. Or perhaps, that something that could be honoured with many words with different nuance only has one word that feels more functional than beautiful.
Do we think “sick” is good? Why would that be? Was the word causing “acidic” brain chemistry? Is that why youth culture “neutralised” it by bringing it a positive definition too? Because that is genius.