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Offline longknife

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Do We Need a Word for Everything?
« on: April 04, 2017, 06:13:26 PM »

Imagine walking through a forest near dusk. It is peaceful and quiet; the setting sun paints streaks of light through tree trunks and across your path. The scene is familiar to anyone who’s ever taken a walk in the woods.
Using one word, how would you describe the experience?
Hit me like a brick. How on earth WOULD I do it? Is there any possible word in English that could possibly describe the event?
You try to come up with one. I'm stuck and I'm positive the question will haunt me for a very long time.
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Re: Do We Need a Word for Everything?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 10:49:37 AM »
Well, we can always use a few words instead of just one. If I had to use one, though, I'd try "endappled." (I thought I was making that up, but of course nothing's new: Yeats beat us to it by a hundred years, in The Fairie Queen).

When the tree was o'er appled
For Mother Eve's winning
I was at her sinning.
O'er the grass light-endappled
I wandered and trod,
O'er the Eden-sod;
And I sang round the tree:
Arise from the hollow,
And follow, and follow!