How will you describe something that is indescribable?

Philippines
November 17, 2011 8:05am CST
I had this friend who had a job interview. I asked him how it went and he said that everything was fine and he got the job. I congratulated him then he went on with his story. I asked him what were the questions of the employer and how did he answered it. But among all the questions he mentioned, there was one question that struck me. It actually goes like this, "How will you describe something which is indescribable?" If I was in his case, then I would answer "It is Chuva, Chuvaness, Churva ek or Chuva ek ek." These words are actually in our dialect which I myself don't know the true meaning of it. I have looked for the dictionary of it's true meaning or the English translation of it yet, I can't find it. I have also asked a lot of people on what is really the true meaning of it, but they don't know. They would usually tell me "basta or mao na to or yun na yun" which means "Never mind that thing as long as it's that thing and that thing is that thing." Am I making any sense here? My friend on the other hand, being a music lover, just sang a song which has this lines: "Sort of kinda like parang medyong may pagka" or in English, "It's sort of kind of like somewhat like that." I'm not sure of the correct translation but I'm pretty sure it goes somewhat like that. So, if you were given that question, how would you describe something that is indescribable. Share your thoughts. GOD BLESS and Happy Mylotting! ^_^
7 responses
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
17 Nov 11
You tried finding chuva in the dictionary? Do you honestly think it's an english word? It's not even a filipino word, it's just an expression people came up with. I doubt you'll find it in any dictionary. How do I describe something indescribable? That would be difficult. I would try analogies as well. If a word wouldn't be able to express it fully, maybe a paragraph will. Or a story.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
Its maybe not an english word but its a Filipino expression. And that means its a word. Because all expression are words. For example if you get hurt. You say ouch!.. its an expression but same time its a word. I also use Chuva, But I always say Chuva chu chu.I usually use the word to chance environment feel. Like for example if theirs seriousness in the air. If you add Chuva chu chu you end up having a smile.
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
All I know swirlz is that, it is a word. Since, I don't know the origin of it, I tried to search for the meaning in a multilingual dictionary online. A word does not just exist on it's own. It could have been derived from some language or what. I am just being open to possibilities. Too bad I couldn't find the meaning of it. I am aware that people used it as an expression and that it is a Gay linggo. Same here bulastika. I use chuva too. It's funny that we don't really have a definite meaning of chuva yet we understand what it means already with bright smiles on our faces. ^_^
@neelia_lyn (1388)
• Philippines
17 Nov 11
Interesting and funny post here, lol. How would I describe something that is indescribable? Well, I would answer "Chuva, Chuvaness, Churva ek ek." It's like defining a word that has no definition. Indescribable is for something difficult to describe that you can't tell if it's like this or like that - yes, that's indescribable, hehe, something like that. Happy mylotting, too!
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
lols. Its a trick question. But by the question itself theirs already an answer. Since you already say its indescribable then that's how how you describe it. But if you really want to describe the indescribable. You need to use your senses. First sense of sight. How do you see it. Since of smell, sense of touch and so on. So use your senses to describe it.
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
All this time, I have been thinking of some ways to describe the indescribable when I can just say in a simple words that this certain thing that I am describing is indescribable. Get it? Why make a things complicated when I can just say that it is indescribable. Surely, the person would understand what indescribable means. ^_^
17 Nov 11
If I had to describe something that was indescribable I would use as many anaologies and comparisons as I could think of to try to give a description to best of my ability. Now this in my opinion is a difficult question to answer in a simple manner, because the analogies and descriptions I would come up would be based upon what the indescribable topic is. So if I am trying to desribe a sensation I experienced I would think of what possible combination of other sensations combined could at least begin to depict a tangible description. Another factor in how I would approach this question would be using my knowledge of the types of experiences or knowledge the person I am giving the description to may have, this way I can have a better grasp on what types of comparisons I can use to try to get my point or view across. This is a situation where having knowledge your audience (or person you are giving the description to) is critical to how you answer the question.
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
Come to think of it, I do use an analogy if I have a hard time describing something. I wasn't aware of that before but now I am. Thanks! You enlightened me with your reply. ^_^
19 Nov 11
I am glad I was able to enlighten you. I find that people usr analogies and metaphors on a regular basis without realizing it all the time.
@enelym001 (8334)
• Philippines
17 Nov 11
Hi bewitchingmelody! Those chuva words aren't a dialect in our country dear. It's a gay language, an expression/words they just came up with. If I were to asked that question, I guess I would cite a situation or an event that will eventually leads into a topic that's indescribable
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
Hello enelym001! I've always thought it was included in our dialect since people immediately understands the meaning of it even if there is no definite meaning to it. I am aware that gays use it and then it spread and that almost all of us use it. I wonder who was the pioneer of such word and where he or she got it. It can't just exist without a source right? Hahahah! I've also thought of that but I've realized as what the others have said that it's a tricky question but the answer is already in the question. We make our lives so complicated that we can't just simply tell the person that the thing I am describing is indescribable. Indescribable is an adjective after all and I'm sure it can be understood already. ^_^
@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
21 Nov 11
I would use Jack Sparrow's gibberish language or zombie language. They are easy to learn LOL
@SIMPLYD (69800)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
If it is indescribable , i would make a lot of comparisons over other things. I would even make motions with my hands so it could be imagined by the interviewer. You creativity is being tested here actually. As to those chuva, chuvaness , churva . . . they are gay lingo actually my friend.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
Every thing can be describe. Even the indescribable. Because the mere fact that you call in indescribable is that how you describe it. lols. For example your "Chuva". How did you use that word? Simple. Since you don't know the answer of the interview question and you will answer the interviewee like that then its means "chuva" that how you describe it. Its a form of expression. And when you said it and every body understand it then how you interpret it is its meaning itself.