Word of the Day: Uestress

I was listening to Stephen Covey the other day and he mentioned this word that I’ve never heard before?  Even though stress, in theory, is a neutral word, it has come to have a negative connotation among Americans. However, there are actually two words that have a clear positive and negative connotations respectively and those are: uestress and distress. Most of us know what distress means, but eustress means (from Wikipedia):

Eustress means beneficial stress – either psychological, physical (e.g. exercise) or biochemical/radiological (hormesis).

The term was coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye, consisting of the Greek prefix eu- meaning “good”, and stress, literally meaning “good stress”.

Now I know what to call all of that eustress that I feel in my life…I feel so much better.

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Apparently I Am An Agathist

If you are a logophile (lover of words) then the English language is a treasure trove as it has the most words of any language. English borrows from so many other languages that it is a panoply of sounds and spellings. 

Here is a fun list of 15-not-so-common words that I was introduced to by a Toastmasters colleague of mine. If you could be impavid with your use of them I am sure that your duende would multiply greatly. Or at the very least you might get a date with a fellow logophile! Thanks Peter for the tip!