At a loss for words: Where’s our CI vocabulary?

I’ve heard the rumor that the Eskimos have over 100 words for snow.  That’s a myth.  There is more than one Eskimo language, and there are a lot of words for snow, but not an usually large number.  For example, in English we have snow, sleet, ice, hail, flurries, slush, blizzard, etc.

If we have so many words for snow-type substances, why isn’t there a word to describe the weird feeling I get in my stomach that isn’t quite nausea and isn’t quite queasiness?

Where’s our CI vocabulary?

Where’s the words to explain this feeling that’s tired, and exhausted, but more than that, but not exactly fatigued, and sort of sleepy, but not quite?

Where’s our CI vocabulary?

We have so many words to describe “pain” such as ache, sharp, dull, and acute, but where the one to explain the constant not-quite-sharp-but-not-really-dull pain that ranges from a 2 to an 8 on my pain scale on any given day?

Where’s our CI vocabulary?

When I have trouble walking and I sort of trip, and it’s not from pain, how best to explain it?  It’s like my depth perception is off, but I can see just fine.  It’s like my foot isn’t listening to my brain, except that it is.  It’s somehow a weird combination, like my brain doesn’t tell my foot to lift off from the ground far enough.  Where’s the word for that?

Where’s our CI vocabulary?

Symptoms have been around for years.  Personally, I’ve had symptoms since before we had the words “smartphone,” “netbook,” or “blu-ray.”  If society can invent these words so quickly, why haven’t we come up with better descriptors for our physical symptoms?  I think it’s time that we did. Let’s start making up words.  With Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, and all the rest, we should be able to spread them around faster than I can slip in slush.  Let’s get started!

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One Response to At a loss for words: Where’s our CI vocabulary?

  1. […] I don’t know how to describe it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have the vocabulary we need to describe these feelings. Sometimes I don’t know how to explain different kinds of pain or different kinds of nausea. […]

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