Monday, November 15, 2010

Things I Like

I like words that don't quite translate into English. Words that you
have to have a feeling for. I like the idea of a word that floats
along the border of definitions and is irreplaceable. And, I don't
mean for inventions or objects that originate in another language.
Take the word caritas, for instance. It's love, and charity, and a
spirit all at once. For all intents and purposes you can simply use it
with English because it hasn't evolved. It's about something that has
always existed and still exists today and you find it in people, and
there is no other word that quite captures that feeling of charitable
love or human thoughtful compassion. This has been my idée fixe for
the morning.
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