This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.
Escherichia is the E. in E. coli. That nasty little bacteria that can kill people and businesses if they are caught up in its spread. But my love of the word is strictly audio. I enjoy saying and hearing the word Escherichia!
Let me start at the beginning. In college, I had a class where I learned about E. coli. Had to actually know what the E. was and how to spell it. The magic began when I first viewed little metallic-green colonies of E. coli in a petri dish. The color was spectacular and like nothing I had seen before.
Thus the affair started.
After I learned to properly say the genus name, we were on a first name basis. I would always say the full genus species: Escherichia coli.
After college I worked as a microbiologist for a few years and we became closer. In 1976 we sealed our relationship when I tested well water for people flooded by the breaking of the Teton Dam. Wow, a lot of testing in a stressful situation, in a short period of time.
Our relationship was stretched beyond repair and I moved on to other interests. But to this day, Escherichia is still my favorite word to say.
Try it with me:
Come on now, say it again, a little bit faster now:
Don’t you love it?!