Okay, so we've got analgesic, scrotum, and shrinkage.
I hate that word too. "Unfortunate".
Possibly because it never seems to express sympathy or understanding.
(Um. No, actually, it sucks.)
Now there's phrasing we all understand.
And just to smack myself, I use the terms "basically" and "absolutely" far too much and more than likely inaccurately.
And? I've figured out that if you have to preface a thought by "y'gotta understand"?
More than likely your point is already a lost cause.
I just backspaced the obvious ones--
"Cancer" dims my lights immediately. "Chemotherapy" steals all of my words from me. If the word "aggressive" shows up anywhere in that particular conversation, I am rendered totally mute.
Some words need inflection to determine their quality--like one word questions such as
"Why?" That from the lips of a child is endearing, engaging, and makes me smile.
The "why?" that comes from the lips of a grief-stricken person makes my bones feel like they are crumbling.
Sometimes I can feel an ellipsis.
"We can try a more aggressive campaign of chemotherapy, but..."
That's my example of punctuation that feels like a baseball bat to my non-existent scrotum.
But let's go back to happy words.
I think I just depressed myself.