Touch And The Wonderful English Language

For all of us, the experience of touch is intrinsic. So much that this is reflected in many common English expressions. "I am touched by your concern", or "that's rough", "he rubs me the wrong way", "its a sticky situation" are just a few examples. We are accustomed to describing a range of human emotions or actions in terms of our skin senses.

In daily speech, the tactile is so entangled with the emotional that when we meet someone who is emotionally clumsy, we call him tactless, literally meaning lacking touch.

Similarly, in other languages such as Indo-European language group, Basque and Chinese languages also use expressions entangled with our sense of touch.


Touch, The Science of the Sense That Makes Us Human, David J. Linden