Linguistics gives me the butterflies that everyone feels when they get a crush on someone. It literally makes me so happy. In class the other day when I found a minimal pair for the J sound in genre and the J sound jump, it was hard to contain my excitement. My teacher couldn’t even think of one, so I proposed lesion and legion. I felt like running a lap and collecting high fives. I can’t even. I turned to the girl I’d been working with and was like “You have no idea how happy I am right now” as I held my head in my hands and smiled like an idiot.
The only other thing that can come close is my anticipation when I wait for mac and cheese at Noodles and Co.