The cases when words become powerless and too limited can be illustrated by the following samples: (53) in Lithuanian: þodþiais neapsakomas / nenusakomas / neiðreikðtas dþiaugsmas / vaizdas / gerumas sunkiai þodþiais nusakomas graudulys / jausmas / mintys (54) in English: found no words to answer it there were things that couldnt be explained with words more relieved than words can describe so many emotions have no words It pains me beyond words Jûratë Vaièenonienë THE CONDUIT METAPHOR IN ENGLISH AND LITHUANIAN 157 Thus many abstractions are too immense to be packed in words and even ideas in the Lithuanian example cannot be put into words although they are materialised and suited for inserting into the metaphoric linguistic packages.. In Lithuanian such metaphors can be grouped into two main sets W O R D S A R E W A T E R and W O R D S TRAVEL : (60) kad uþlietø skaitomi þodþiai þodþiai liejasi þodþiai plaukë ið ðirdies þodþiø jûra pilasi srautai þodþiø Jûratë Vaièenonienë THE CONDUIT METAPHOR IN ENGLISH AND LITHUANIAN 159 (61) þodþio kelias kartu su juo keliauja þodþiai ir jausmai Similarly, in English metaphors words are metaphorised using water imagery: (62) words tumbled out like a waterfall We instinctively knew that too many words would drown out the oceans music.. This tendency is inherent in the following metaphors: 164 ÞODÞIO SEMANTIKA (80) in Lithuanian: þodþiai, beriami erdvën (words poured into space) þodþiai, nusviesti á erdvæ (words thrown into space) iðstenëjo þodþius, kabojusius ore (stammered out words hanging in the air) þodþiai krinta á tuðtumà (words fall into emptiness) nuo lûpø nukris tavo paties þodþiai (your own words will fall from your lips) þodþiai liejasi (words are pouring) (81) in English: The word Messiah is often bandied around floated some fairly detailed ideas We can now move good advertising ideas around the world Our main goal is to spread the ideas of Islam Recent ideas put forward by a senior Soviet officer The
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