Are you familiar with Pheromones? I use this word all the time so I consider myself very familiar with acceptable uses, which is why I was a little confused when I noticed my boss scribbling it down as an activity on his to do list.
/ˈfɛrəˌmoʊn/ Show Spelled[fer-uh-mohn] Show IPA
–noun Animal Behavior .
any chemical substance released by an animal that serves to influence the physiology or behavior of other members of the same species.
Knight - "Um, did you just write down Pheromones?"
Boss - "Oh yeah, you know that word? The dentist said it and we didn't know what it meant."
Knight - "Really? Your son's dentist found a way to fit pheromones into the visit?"
It had something to do with the dentist wanting to meet face to face so he uses the term phermonaly. I don't think that word exists. Even if it did I think it's a really odd choice of wording to use in a dentist/ young boy relationship. My confused boss was going to add this fake word to his vocabulary when scheduling meetings with clients. I suggested that might be a bad idea.
I was annoyed when he decided to assume that I didn't know the correct use of the word and that the doctor was using it correctly. I walked back to my desk and did the research. Within two minutes I had the dictionary and wikipedia pages printed out and on his desk. Guess I'm a little brighter when it comes to pheromones. That's probably because I know how to use mine. Oh, and just because someone is a doctor it doesn't mean they know what they are talking about. Always do your own research.
By the way, I use my pheromones to establish territory so watch out.