Psychoneuroimmunology — the study of the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease
I came across this word while browsing through my dictionary yesterday. When I saw it, I instantly loved it! The way it looks, the way it sounds when I say it. And it’s fun to spell too! 🙂
Now, you may think that sounds just a bit strange; but it’s true! There are some words that — no matter what they mean — I just love to write and say (even if just to myself). And there are others that I absolutely hate — I avoid writing and saying them if at all possible. To me, they’re ugly — not their meaning, but their appearance. For example: though I am definitely no fan of Algebra, I like the word itself — it appeals to my eyes and ears; and I love the meaning of the word bibliophile, but I hate the way it looks and sounds.
I really don’t understand this. What makes certain words appeal to me and others not? I have no idea!
Some other words that appeal to my eyes and ears.
Czechoslovakia — aerodynamics — biodegradable — daisy — y’all — kayak — ubiquitous — ambidextrous — wrangler — zeitgeist — wink — tuberculosis (I kinda hate that I like this word) — kamikaze (and this one too…) — asphyxiate (this one too, actually) — agave — Bolshevik — kibitzer — and this list goes on and on… including basically any word that has “phobia” or “psycho” in it.
Some words that I really don’t care for.
chrysanthemum — aardvark — ventriloquist — fuchsia — arboretum — banquet — acknowledge — bifocals — veterinarian — veteran — beach — benevolence — compass — token — this list goes on and on as well