Jan 19, 2020


I love collecting new words, or at least words that are new to me.  I love learning new words and especially how I come to know these words, the path, the situation, the source.  I find it interesting that in 50+ years of reading, there are many words that I come to know for the very first time. And when I meet these words, I usually capture a screen shot of where I read the word, how I came to know it and also a screen shot of the definition.  I need to create an album on my phone called Words, this way I can more efficiently keep track of them.  A few that I’ve learned and have stuck with me. 


I was reading an article posted on Huffington Post, I can’t find the screen shot of the actual article. I do have the screen shot of when I looked up the definition of this word, January 16th, 2019.  From the links I accessed on internet when I did the original search of this word, it appears that comity is often confused with the word committee.  While there are several definitions and use for the word comity, my favorite is: courtesy and considerate behavior toward others.  With all the ugliness and lack of courtesy in the world today, this word would be well suited to be posted on billboards with some clever invitation to learn and live the definition. 


This word I just learned last week when I posted the Practice Valium update.  I got feedback from my niece, JoAnn, about breathing techniques that help abate anxiety and establish a true sense of calm ahead of experiences like a root canal.  The word somatization is a definite candidate for poetry. The word is packed with vowels, hard sounds, all combined with momentary grace or comfort when the sound of the word is heard.  Somato means body, somatization, is the conversion of a mental state, such as anxiety into physical symptoms.


This new word I learned via Maddie’s medical summary exam notes from her last night in the BluePearl ER on January 1st. The word was used to describe her overall physical condition during initial exam, followed by “harsh lung sounds, grade 3 heart murmur and large cardiac silhouette”. Webster’s defines the word tachypneic as abnormally rapid breathing, increased rate of respiration.  When I read Maddie’s exam I had no idea what this word meant, I remember my immediate reaction, being upset, asking myself why do the medical exam notes include words that non-medical readers will not know or understand.  This word is definitely harsh, the sounds emitted on the Webster’s dictionary website are utterances, as if someone joined parts of consonants and vowels, glued them together to make a word.