Words to express.
. . . . . . . . . . . .Words to express.
It is only when something important happens to you
That you realise that your voabulary is lacking.
This happened yesterday here in Scotland
For there was a big earthquake
The largest that there had been for many a year.
I tried to explain to some Germans
And stuttered to find the word Earthquake
And then there were some French
And again I could not see about an Earthquake
And there were some Poles
And even there my vocabulary was lacking
Bereft of the very word which I wished to explain
According to Google, in Polish it's trzęsienie ziemi. I suppose you could be literal in French, "tremblement de terre" but I would probably use "le seism", if it's correct. It's much easier in Spanish, with "el terremoto" and in German with "das Erdbeben". Hmm. New vocab!
There are many phenomenon. Language brings our attention to it, allows us to discuss it. You have highlighted the importance of having the words at your fingertips. How can you express a significant event? How can you connect over it?
That is one reason why the existence of worlds representing my culture are so important to me, and why I resist dominant culture intrusions into how they might try to change the wording of the definitions, because, it shifts that worldview and then, how am I to discuss my experience.
I am glad to observe that you are alright. I hope that others are as well.
Just curious, are you related to the Fraser of Lovat Highland clan, by chance? :)