I subscribe to Wordsmith's Word-A-Day in hopes of improving my vocabulary, and today's word is mysophobia--fear of dirt. As gardeners, we have to love dirt--let's call it soil to delete the pejorative connotation of "dirty."
The noun "soil" doesn't seem to be "soiled" by its verb form, but "dirt" is "dirtied" by both its verb and adjective ("dirty") forms.
As gardeners, we know that soil is the basis of our gardens. We might think that mysophobics don't know what they are missing!
We improve our soil to improve our crops of flowers or vegetables. Soil is part of the cycle of life. We couldn't exist, we couldn't live without it.
So what's the use of being afraid of dirt?