BOVILEXIA (bo vil eks’ e uh) n. The uncontrollable urge to lean out the car window and yell “Moo!!” every time you pass a cow.
We don’t know why we do it, but maybe it’s to see if those animals will respond. Maybe we do it because country roads trips can tend to be boring if we don’t have some kind of electronic diversion with us. It’s not so bad when driving through areas that have hills or mountains, because there, the Earth itself can be majestic and fascinating, but for those long stretches of flat heartland…. well, that’s where it seems that bovilexia kicks in. A version of bovilexia can be used in suburban areas as well, when one sees a domestic pet on the streets, bark or meow, and watch the animal’s reaction as you drive by. Would those be called canilexia or felilexia? Animals are natures clowns, and we do find them to be pretty funny, but sometimes they find us to be pretty silly, too. Can you actually get through a road trip without succumbing to bovilexia? Leave the gaming devices and portable DVD players packed away and see if you can handle this experiment. Your car companions might find your fidgeting to be unusual, but it would be interesting to see which one of them gives into bovilexia first.