What Concept Needs an English Word?

If you could add a word to the English language that doesn’t currently exist, what concept or idea would that word express?

This was a question posed by The Atlantic to readers and a handful of commentators. In it’s October 2016 issue, the magazine published some of the most thoughtful answers, including Howard Gardner’s response.

Gardner’s proposal, one of three selected reader responses, is that English needs a vocabulary to describe how music affects a listener outside of literal or emotional adjectives.

Read the other responses via The Atlantic, which range from “a word to distinguish between spicy hot and thermal hot” to a word conveying “the mental suffering that results from someone else’s misuse of a word or phrase in one’s presence.”


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