It amazes me that you can make new words in German by putting together other words. The words show you the parts they’re made from. But words made this way also tell you that there’s more to them than just the sum of their parts.
This Sunday is Pentecost. Like Easter and the Ascension, the other big days of the Easter season, there’s a lot going on with Pentecost. And, just like Easter and the Ascension, Pentecost has its own special meaning.
But Pentecost isn’t an isolated or random thing. It’s also part of a greater whole that includes Easter and the Ascension. What started with Easter isn’t finished until Pentecost.
And there really ought to be a word for that.
More on this tomorrow.