Few of us use all–or even most–of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our emotions, but even if we did, most of us would still experience feelings for which there are, apparently, no words.
In some cases, though, words do exist to describe those nameless emotions–theyre just not English words. Which is a shame, because–as todays infographic by design student Pei-Ying Lin demonstrates, they often define a feeling entirely familiar to us.
Lin solicited the list of “unspeakable” words from colleagues at Londons Royal College of Art, and found that their definitions in English usually came down to something like, “it is a kind of emotion A, close to emotion B, and somehow between emotion C and emotion D.”
Next, to visualize the relationship between the foreign emotion-words and English ones, Lin used a linguistics model to map out five basic emotions large yellow circles, along with several descriptive words related to each smaller green circles. Finally, she used her sources descriptions to place the new/foreign words on the English map:
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