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of which we cannot speak

and yet, do so

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Have you ever felt something for which you have no word? Have you ever wondered if there is, actually, a word for it, and you just didn't know it? Have you ever really wished there was a word for that strange person, place, behavior, or thing and remedied that need with a little creativity?


is an open community where we enjoy finding the need for words we do not have in the English language, and also coining words for which we have a need. Interesting observations about the language are also welcome.

There will be three ways to approach posting. One way is to simply offer a finding of a gap in the language. The other is to offer the discovery of the lacking word(s), and to offer either a serious or comical word to fill the gap. The third way has not yet been discovered, and is strongly discouraged.

All and any suggestions for the community may well be at least briefly considerated, and probably when't untiled be waitily deliberated over whilst granaving a romantiquailed vischek.

Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley

page 220:

(after reading a poem by a gent. named Ivor, a character named Mr. Scogan begins in conversation with a character named Denis who is a young poet):

"Very nice and tasteful and tactful," said Mr. Scogan, when he had finished. "I am only troubled by the butterfly's auricular wings. You have a first-hand knowledge of the workings of a poet's mind, Denis; perhaps you can explain."
"What could be simpler," said Denis. "It's a beautiful word, and Ivor wanted to say that the wings were golden."
"You make it luminously clear."
"One suffers so much," Denis went on, "from the fact that beautiful words don't always mean what they ought to mean. Recently, for example, I had a whole poem ruined, just because the word 'carminative' didn't mean what it ought to have meant. Carminative -it's admirable, isn't it?"