Throughout this year's campaign season, over and over I heard how "words cannot describe" something. Excitement, revulsion, astonishment -- whatever the extreme emotion people felt, frequently I was told that words simply could not describe their emotions.
I know, this has been a tough year for many of us. In my world, I lost two dear friends this year, both to colon cancer (can you say "colonoscopy," everyone?). I, too, sometimes felt that words couldn't describe what I was feeling. But I was wrong.
The truth is this: Words can describe. That's their job. Describing. Whether it's emotions or actions, reactions or situations, words can describe them.
The next time you're tempted to tell someone that words can't describe something, pick a new phrase. Try out this one: "Words fail me." Or this: "I can't find the words." Or even: "I don't know how to tell you."
But don't fall back on the trite and incorrect "words fail me." If you say that, I will believe that you are, in fact, failing them.