Forgotten words

When a relationship ends, a language dies — a private language, spoken between only two people; composed entirely of hidden meanings, words of gibberish that contain intimate invocations, and entire detailed memories of events and places buried within a single non-descript phrase. That language becomes extinct, like the myths of a once-isolated indigenous tribe being forgotten as the first TV is installed.

Sami Shah is a writer and comedian. His latest novel “Fire Boy” is out now. You can find information on his other works, and upcoming live shows at