The etymology of indescribable takes us to the Latin word inenarrabĭlis. The concept, according to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ), refers to what ineffable : what cannot be explained through words .
The unspeakable, therefore, cannot be narrate (count, refer, describe). For example: "When I opened the door of the room, I found an unspeakable scene", “I understand that the victim is suffering from an unbearable pain and that is why I believe that the State must provide its support”, "The natural phenomenon caused an unspeakable tragedy throughout the region".
Suppose a journalist is entrusted with the chronicle of a horrendous crime , in which a child was tortured and killed in the most cruel way by his own father. Knowing the characteristics of what happened, the chronicler is in trouble because of the difficulty of putting into words everything that generates such a ruthless and macabre murder. How do you describe the person in charge, how do you describe what happened without falling into morbidity ...? For these types of questions it can be said that the crime in question is indescribable , beyond the obligation of the chronicler to inform it in the most professional way possible.
On the other hand, a young woman who, after striving for four years, manages to graduate from university, can affirm that she feels a unspeakable happiness . The girl is aware of the sacrifices she made to fulfill her objective : That is why, when you reach the goal, you experience enormous satisfaction that is difficult for you to express.
We are faced with an unusual term in everyday speech, and that is why it is very useful to take a look at their synonyms to know certain nuances of their meanings that help us to understand more widely how to use it in each situation. Among the most common are the following: inexpressible, indescribable, admirable and Awesome.
On the opposite end we have a series of antonyms that can also collaborate with the definition of indescribable thanks to the semantic contrast: common, current vulgar, frequent, usual, habitual, logical, natural, expected, regular, reasonable, normal, ordinary and describable. As we can see, there is no doubt that the unspeakable cannot put it into words, or else it causes us such horrible feelings and feelings that this task becomes very difficult.
If we return to the example of the journalist who must face a horrific crime to create a chronicle, it is reasonable that the abuse and subsequent murder of a child is an image that no healthy person wants to have in their head. As responsible for disclosing the data of this event It is very difficult to make the decision to put them into words and it can even cost you emotionally. If, instead, it were an armed robbery in a technology store, its work would be considerably easier.
Throughout our upbringing, society imposes many structures that are based on our mind as the basis of everything we build. They teach us that the violence It should be the last resort and we should never use it against someone weaker, especially if it is a creature. We block this possibility to such an extent that such a situation becomes unspeakable for us, because we never consider it.
In the words of the Spanish writer Francisco Umbral , we should be able to express all things through the word. Umbral was born in Madrid in 1932 and dedicated himself to writing through several genres, going through poetry, essay, novel and biography, without neglecting the journalism . Among his best known works we can mention the books Lola's theory and other stories, If we had known that love was that, Ramón and the avant-garde and Crimes and Ballads.