If it were pronounce PEWmiss then it might be rather sweet, in a spinster-cycling-to-church sort of way, but PUMMiss is like being pummelled and spat upon.
I can't deny that Pumice Country, in the North Island of New Zealand, seems to be an interesting, atmospheric place:
photo by E Earle Vaile
And I can't deny that pumice is useful: ground up and made into concrete it was used to make the dome of the Pantheon:
Pumice also used in polishes, erasers, toothpastes, and is the 'stone' bit in the stone-washed jeans process.
It's formed in a most exciting way, too - thrown out of a volcano so rapidly that the gases inside it expand and form bubbles before the rock can solidify.
But I don't care. Even if pumice is worth its weight in gold and cures the common cold, it still punches your earholes rather painfully, and I don't like it.
Word Not To Use Today: pumice. This word comes from the Latin pūmex. Which sounds horrible, too.