I attended a social function recently and was enjoying a conversation with a new acquaintance. I recall telling a story and being quite animated. She said, “You have a lot of verve. ” But I thought she said, “You have a lot of nerve. ”I like to think I have “verve,” which is “vigor and spirit of enthusiasm,” as well as “nerve,” defined as “a sense of purpose,” but I most definitely have an age-related hearing loss, for which I wear hearing aids.