Here there be monsters (socratic) wrote,
Here there be monsters

The Germans have words that we don't

You know how sometimes during after you eat something that doesn't agree with you, you get that twisted painful feeling in your gut until you...relieve yourself. And then you feel better and go back to bed, but it starts again. That twisting painful pressure. And you know that you have to get back up and make another offering to the porcelain god.

The Germans probably have a word for that second bout of gut pain, and it's probably something awesome. Something that expresses the combination of discomfort, pain, disgust, and resignation that makes that moment so very unpleasant. In English we have to describe it with a whole bunch of words, which destroys the impact that comes from the unified nature of the situation.

It almost makes me wish my family had stayed in Germany instead of immigrating to the U.S. Except for, you know, the holocaust.
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