A while ago a friend of mine sent me an SMS saying they’d finally found the cause of my problems:
“Aeroneurophycosis: in which the sufferer developes a sexual atraction to aircraft”
Yup – that sure summed it up. I used the word a few times with friends (who all agreed entirely that it certainly seemed an accurate diagnosis) and even let Steve Tupper over at Airspeed Online know it could be used as a “high brow” version of the phrase “Aviation Wood” he occasionally refers to.
Shame it’s not a real psychiatric term.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t use it :)
Searches are starting to find it appearing in Twitter feeds (not all of them mine or ones I have any say in :) and on blogs here and there. So, if you find the word amusing and believe it could describe the strange attraction you (or someone you know) may have for aircraft, why not start using it. Let’s see if we can’t give the word some support out here on the ‘net.
After all, it really does sound like a great, succicnt description of what so many fans of aviation are like around aircraft.