In Sanskrit, there are 96 words for “love.” Ancient Parisian has 80 words for “love.” Even Greek has three different words while English only has one. What does that say about Anglo-Saxons’ relationship to their feelings? Discuss. Meanwhile, I’ll tell you that Inuits have 30 different words for “snow.” How many are used in the United States, and what does that say about our relationship to this form of precipitation? That’s too boring to discuss, so read on.
One word we do have? Bootylicious (syllabification: Boo·ty·li·cious). If “bootylicious” could be added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004, why do we have no word for the common task of buying books and putting them on shelves without reading them? “Tsundoku” is what the Japanese call it.
The rest of us just practice it, whether we name it or not. It’s used informally in Japanese and is pronounced “tsoon-doh-koo” in English. Maybe we can get a curvaceous R & B singer to write a song about this word, making it the next big thing?