If you ever get the urge to terrify me, stinging insects that fly are the best bet. I shudder in fear at wasps and bees alike. My mentor and friend Julian Boyd, who was schooled in linguistics, suggested that my aversion had to do with anxiety about penetration with duration. A "sting," as the nasal phoneme that ends the word indicates, lasts a lot longer than a "stick." I will leave it to you, my much-loved readers, to draw further conclusions.