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Post  Post subject: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:55 am
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When a spouse dies, the person who remains is a widow.

When a parent dies, the person who remains is an orphan.

However, there are no words for a parent who experiences the death of a child.

What other scanarios like this occur but lack a word to describe it?

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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:17 pm

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iNow wrote:
When a spouse dies, the person who remains is a widow.

When a parent dies, the person who remains is an orphan.

However, there are no words for a parent who experiences the death of a child.

What other scanarios like this occur but lack a word to describe it?

A nice question. A bit like the way a comedian's performace can be gauged by the timing (pauses between phrases)

"The dog that didn't bark" etc. (what is a word for that?)


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Post  Post subject: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:30 pm
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iNow wrote:
What other scanarios like this occur but lack a word to describe it?

In all languages or just English?

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Post  Post subject: Re:Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:38 pm

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Olinguito wrote:
iNow wrote:
What other scanarios like this occur but lack a word to describe it?

In all languages or just English?

Have you got any examples in other languages ? (Spanish ,is it? )


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Post  Post subject: Re:Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:36 pm
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Well, the language of the Koorie people of Australia, for example, doesn't have a word for "eclipse" (in astronomy); the solar eclipse of 2002 was described by them as kerosene lamp belong Jesus gone bugger up.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/feature ... sting.html
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwqx8m (fast forward to 28:00)

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Post  Post subject: Re:Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:09 pm

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Well, the language of the Koorie people of Australia, for example, doesn't have a word for "eclipse" (in astronomy); the solar eclipse of 2002 was described by them as kerosene lamp belong Jesus gone bugger up.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/feature ... sting.html
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwqx8m (fast forward to 28:00)

Sure it is 28 minutes ? I don't see it there.


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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:20 pm
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Olinguito wrote:
In all languages or just English?

Clearly, it will be easier for me and others to read something in English, but I'm open to anything. If posting in another language, perhaps you can share a rough translation for others.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:30 pm
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Sorry, wrong link!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwqw0l ... 1-arts_fun

Now you can go to 28:00.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:19 am
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When only during the first night in a hotel or while on a plane you always struggle to sleep.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:22 am
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When you can go several years without seeing or talking to a person yet pick immediately back up as if not a single day has passed.

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I don't think there's a single English word that describes my favourite pub snack: $\rm{NaCl}$ & $\rm{CH_3COOH}$ flavour crisps with a pint of $\rm{C_2H_5OH}$.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:22 am
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Nice. You've made me realize I've not had that flavor in a while; a situation that needs rectifying.

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The victim of bullshit (all of us in Trump's world)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Bullshit
http://www.sciforums.com/threads/paris. ... st-3460056

We have "bullshitter" but nothing for "bullshitee" (as it would be unkind to suggest we would fall for that?)


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Post  Post subject: Re: Scenarios Without Words  |  Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:10 am

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My guess is perhaps child deaths were so common just a few generations ago that it was most adults, particularly married couples, had lost a few children.


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Olinguito wrote:
Well, the language of the Koorie people of Australia, for example, doesn't have a word for "eclipse" (in astronomy); the solar eclipse of 2002 was described by them as kerosene lamp belong Jesus gone bugger up.

Jesus' kerosene lamp will go bugger up once more in just over 2 weeks, at least from here in the northern US.

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