I just got a manuscript back from the editor, and one of the corrections she made was to change the description "singing pain" to "stinging pain". I'm sure she assumed I'd made a typo, but I hadn't--I really did mean "singing". But it got me thinking ... am I the only one for whom pain sings? (not all types of pain, of course--some does indeed sting, rather than sing) And how does our language affect how we experience sensations? If we assign a word to a feeling, does it change the feeling? Can we change a feeling by assigning a different word to it? Fodder for someone's PhD thesis, I'm sure ... language is such an intriguing thing.