Nerd-Pain: (n)1. The sensation of agony you feel when, fairly late on a Saturday night, you come up with the idea of having the Secretary of Labor issue a policy statement noting a particular safety hazard in order to place employers on notice that they have a general duty to alleviate said hazard under section 5 of the OSH Act, only to realize that there is no one in your life that you can tell because of the complete opacity of the idea to everyone you know. 2. Realizing that a scholar has considered your idea and rejected it. 3. The sensation of agony upon receiving a grade for work that incorporated said idea anyway.