Regaining your voice when words fail you

The ubiquitous ‘I can’t even…’ is convenient for the flabbergasted, but it’s a dodge. Plus, is technology a writer’s enemy or friend?

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Describing the indescribable: “I can’t even” is something people say when words escape them. It might be due to a lack of vocabulary, or the result of genuine shock.

In texting, Twitter, or conversation, there may not be time to think of something better. But the phrase itself isn’t the problem. It’s that “I can’t even” is the only one we use to express the same idea. (“I can’t even” is a 21st-century phenomenon as t he Google N-Gram shows ).

Writing that words escape you or that you can’t describe something isn’t bad, and it’s not admitting defeat, but there exists endless flexibility in how you express this.

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