Hurrah! It's H-Day. Hang in there! Have hope. Humour helps. Hostility hampers healthy progress. Ask for help. No heart attacks please. I have a hunch that hundreds of hearts are harbouring heaps of happiness which is heating up the blogosphere. Hasta la vista.

                                    The PinYin A to Z Project

                   Yóu xì bî mò fãn yì fei huà……..

— is an old Chinese philosophy which refers to somebody who has the innate ability to decipher unusual words.


(you can read the details about this challenge and the competition running throughout the month of April) 

The word for Day 8 is—-


The in-depth study of fear in all its various forms/states/intensities… as in, you're giving me the heebie jeebies *shudder*


So that's my definition. What's yours? Post it in the comment box below. Remember you stand to win a prize.


  1. C. Lee McKenzie on April 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Well this one is a little bit of a challenge, but because I'm so astute at figuring out the real definitions of all your words, here's the real meaning. Hebe was the goddess of youth. She was always the one who showed up at parties with a nice jug of ambrosia, too. Hence, she was one popular party guest. The meaning of hebesphalmology is the simply the study of Hebe's party tricks.Do I get a prize or something?

  2. Mina B. on April 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I like yours.  Here's mine: 

    hebesphalmology:  the study of men when they are full of shit 

    Used in a sentence:  "Girl, you know I'm a hebesphalmologist.  I can spot men like that a mile away."

    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      You are one smart chick! Check in for my K-post. There's a direct link!

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Study of a new strain of VD.

    sorry, that's just where my mind went and it wouldn't come back.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      That would come as no surprise. There's always a new strain of the flu or some other kind of virus/bacteria. These organisms are constantly changing, mutating…

  4. tara tyler on April 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    you are cracking me up with all the wonderful nonsense that makes perfect sense! ha!

  5. Mary on April 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Study of drugs developed from flora growing along the Hebes River. You know I'm right. 😉 lol

  6. Misha on April 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Nope… this one has me completely stumped. 😀

    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Stumped? You've been on a roll with these definitions… 🙂

  7. mary aalgaard on April 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    At first glance, I also thought of the heebie jeebies, augmented!

    Thinking back to geegaws. I had a few of them myself at the keyboards yesterday!

    <a href=http://maryaalgaard.blogspot.com>Play off the Page</a>


    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      I also have lots of those gewgaw moments at the piano. Must be a sign of the times… we won't go into details… TMI and all that jazz… 🙂

  8. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on April 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hebesphalmology is the study of that nodule that feels like a lump in your throat when you're feeling overcome with emotion. There's an actual physical form that develops, and this is the study of that form and how it helps you deal and understand your emotions.

    <a href=http://nancylarondajohnson.blogspot.com/>Writer’s Mark</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Hahaha! I had a nodule on my vocal chords, about 7 years back. I had some surgery… nothing too hectic… though there was some strange emotional upheaval throughout that period.  Aha! I wondered about the intense and endless questionnaires that the therapist had me fill out after the procedure…

      • Nancy LaRonda Johnson on April 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

        See! That therapist was probably a hebesphalmolgist that did surgeries since he/she already had such an intimate knowldge of that area and its link on emotions. Doctors are always studying every subject that comes near their expertise. You were in good hands! 🙂

  9. PK Hrezo on April 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Wow what a word! Must be the study of herbal medicines. I'm sure of it. lol

  10. Carol Kilgore on April 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Hebesphalmology is the study of the Hebesphalites, an extinct people who lived in the Hebesphal Valley just outside Shangrila. I have this on good authority 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I like the sound of these people… Shangrila? That would be a geographical location to the east…?

  11. Elise Fallson on April 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    This is the study of people who cough up hairballs when they laugh.


    • Michelle Wallace on April 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      OMG! Hairballs? Wherever did you get this from? LOL

      • Elise Fallson on April 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        Who knows, lol!

  12. The Golden Eagle on April 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hebesphalmology–the study of why people feel the urge to jump off of the edges of things. 

  13. Sam on April 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    And here I thought my ancient Greek words would throw people for a loop:) I'm gonna say the study of hiccups *sounds like you have the hiccups when you try to say it*

    • Michelle Wallace on April 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      I enjoyed your Greek words. Just need more time to read your interesting multi-genre stories. Good definition!

  14. Nick Wilford on April 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Aargh! I'm stuck with this one. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on April 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      That's understandable, you have hundreds of words to read through everyday on your blog… and you have to choose some of them! A difficult task! 🙂

  15. Al Diaz on April 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    The science that study the hebesphalus modendus. What's that? I don't know. I don't study that science.

  16. L. Diane Wolfe on April 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Michelle, I'm not even going to try. I can't even pronounce that word.

  17. Michael Di Gesu on April 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    What fun H words! You are just having way too much fun ei this michelle. Lol!

  18. Medeia Sharif on April 10, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I think I'm pronouncing it right. 

  19. Heidi Mannan on April 10, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Very cool theme. Lots of H words in there. I have no idea what it means.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I do. But I'm not telling… just yet… only at the end of the challenge.

  20. Rosalind Adam on April 10, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Is it the study of garden shrubs?

    <a href="http://rosalindadam.blogspot.co.uk/">Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain</a>


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