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Primal Fear
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.

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dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: April 7th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
To me, the truly frightening creatures are the ones that can sting you and not die in the process. There's something heroic about a bee willing to give up her life to cause me a bit of pain. A centipede or scorpion, on the other hand? They're just being assholes.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 8th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wasps, too. I do see how the perception of malice could lead to greater fear. For me, though, the multiplicity of bees and wasps is also a factor. I guess that makes wasps, which sting in groups and don't die, my most feared antagonists!

(Nice to hear from you, BTW. I hope you're well.)
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