“When will you learn that there isn’t a word for everything?”
― Nicole Krauss
Sometimes, you can’t just put those thoughts, feelings, and emotions into words. How can you explain how you’re feeling to someone when it doesn’t even make sense in your own head?
What feelings can words not describe?
For me, at least, whenever someone mentions the death of a close family member or friend, I would get all choked up, not knowing what so say. Or I love someone so dearly that I just can’t put it into words. Most of us just experience feelings that there are no words for. We could only muster something like, “There are simply no words to describe?” Or: Have you ever tried to name or define an object or concept and discovered that nothing in that dictionary you carry around in your skull matches? Well, there’s a word for that: ineffability. Words of anger, affection, sadness, love, lost, and disappointment.
For example, in The Catcher in the Rye, whenever Holden talks about his loved ones, the readers could tell in his writing that his thoughts are jumbled and he is just saying what comes to mind. Even the readers can’t comprehend his thoughts. He thought EVERYTHING about Allie was unique. When he tried to explain how red Holden’s hair was, he ended up going off on a tangent talking about everything but hair. But Holden would always wear a red hunting hat to feel protected by Allie.
Words are extremely important and sometimes, we don’t realize what we’d do without it. We use them to communicate to our peers. Words are powerful. Words are merely the expressions of human brings.
So, I ask you, under what circumstances are words more effective in expressing yourself than actions?