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We try to communicate our thoughts, our ideas, in language every day. Especially on the Internet, and indeed on Everything, we rely on it. We often like to pretend that language is adequate, indeed good, for the task. But to communicate our meaning to others with language is a difficult task. With every conversation, every piece we write, every node we create, there is a battle taking place. A battle between ourselves and the language. For some, the very few who are lucky enough to have a talent for tangling with language, it is a relatively simple battle. But for everyone else, the huge majority, it is not such an easy task. Even as I type this writeup, I'm struggling to convey my meaning to whoever reads this. It's not as easy as it looks...

The (American) English language, being largely designed by and for the English, is typically short on emotive words, to describe feelings and abstract thoughts and conditions. See stiff upper lip for more on the English/American persona. It is more a shortcoming of the English language as a medium for communication than language in general. Neologisms are generally welcome and frequent in any language however, so the situation is improving.

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