MAY well be my new favourite word. I never even knew it existed until I read about it this month, and then it made me realise how this hobby is riddled with cool facts – cool facts and cooler-sounding words. Did you know, for example, that elephantnose have the heaviest brain to body ratio of any animal on Earth? We used to think it was us humans that packed the biggest brains, but it turns out we got trumped by fish.
As for other awesome words, I’m reminded of ‘schreckstoff’ which I came across a few years ago when researching pain and stress. It turns out that when some fish are hurt they release a chemical that acts as a warning to others not to get near, and that’s the name of the chemical.
Anyway, enough about me. What new words are you learning this month? Let me know. Letters please!