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The bird market in Hong Kong.

We were working in small groups during class yesterday, and my group got off topic and started discussing language. I said that I like when I learn a word in another language that expresses something that cannot be expressed in one word in our own language, and this guy immediately exclaimed, Yeah, like there needs to be a word for ‘becoming something you never wanted to become.’ This had clearly been eating at him. Is there a word for this? (I asked P this, and he suggested mistake.) The conversation made me think that a fun game for long car rides would be to come up with things we need words for. It also made me think about the practicality of poetry.

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