Somewhere in the back of my head, I’ve been looking for a good way to describe the painful effect words can have on thoughts and their expression. Well try this one on for size:
Imagine you a staccato note. Staccato notes have clear starts, clear stops, and a noticeable space in between. Imagine that words are not just very good at describing staccato notes but that they are only good at describing staccato, on-the-beat notes. Now try to describe a song with melody, harmony, slurrs and slides, harmonics, subharmonics, syncopation, and whatnot.
Get what I’m trying to say?