Remember, Remember 11th September

This emotive event means that there will be lots of adjectives describing 'feelings' in the article. There is a glossary below to help you with definitions for each adjective. As everyone surely knows, last Sunday was a particular 10-year anniversary date – and it will live forever in history. Everyone knows where they were, what they were doing and what they stopped doing. September 11th 2001, or "9/11"– a day that will always be remembered. So what was everyone doing, and how were they feeling? Maybe terrified, maybe astonished, maybe overwhelmed; I asked a few of the SGI teachers to try and describe their thoughts and feelings at that moment, which bought up several different adjectives describing 'feelings'. Charlie: I was feeling motivated that day, as I was studying for my A-levels in the school common room when it happened (tells you how young he is!). It was my friend’s birthday so we all just went to the local pub where they had all these TV’s showing it. I didn’t know how to feel, probably numb. Tim: I was on a hammock in Spain, feeling relaxed, when my housemate asked me to come to see the TV as the world was ending, or what seemed like it. I was dumbfounded as it was all very surreal, and I stayed glued to the TV for the next few hours. Roger: I was working in St Johns Wood as a market researcher, when everyone started talking about it. We weren’t allowed to stop what we were doing, so for me, everything felt normal. So I felt more frustrated and disappointed than anything else. Amy:  I was feeling exhausted that day as I was working for an art gallery and had to deliver something to another gallery when it happened. In between doing so, I stopped at a shop in a shopping centre and watched it on the TV there. I was stunned. Afterwards, I went home and watched it all  over again on TV. For me, I remember that day clearly because I was on the Eurostar to Paris. I got a text from my friend to see if I was watching the news because the USA was under attack. Of course, I had no idea what he was talking about but I was feeling confused and therefore anxious to find out.  As soon as I got off at Gare de Nord, I saw people gathered around a shop watching a TV. That’s where I stayed for the next hour, horrified at what I was seeing. I missed my connecting train, but I didn’t care. Additionally, you could tell everyone was starting to feel nervous. Afterwards, I felt desperate to call home to find out the reactions back in the UK. Emotional, furious, devastated, perhaps it's difficult to put your emotions into words. But, whatever you felt, and are still feeling, it’s hard to believe that it was exactly 10 years ago. It only seems like yesterday. Whatever the reasons and the aftermath, we have to remember that almost 3000 people of many nationalities and all faiths died that day, and that must not be forgotten.

Adjectives: Feelings

to be overcome completely in mind or feeling
to be stimulated for a certain action
to have no feeling, either mentally or physically
not able to do something you want to
sad because you can’t do something
not knowing what is happening
wanting to know or do something
feeling like something is wrong
to always feel sad

Strong adjectives:

Remember, you can’t use 'very' as an intensifier with these; use 'absolutely'

with little hope, and ready to do anything
extremely scared
extremely shocked
extremely shocked
very tired
very surprised and unable to move or react
to cause a feeling of horror
very angry
extremely upset and shocked

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