Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Verbal Pandiculation

Pandiculation was a dictionary.com word of the day a few weeks back that I have been meaning to mention. Following is the definition:

pandiculation \pan-dik-yuh-LEY-shuhn\, noun:
an instinctive stretching, as on awakening or while yawning

by 1611 from French pandiculation from Latin pandiculari "to stretch oneself" and French suffix -ion.

"Pandiculate for Health! Grow Tall! Get Well! Be Young!" Exuberant ads like this, running in health-fad magazines since 1914, have proclaimed the virtues of a spine-stretching device called the "Pandiculator."--
Time, 1942-04-12

I really like the word, not only because it sounds cool, but also because I think it is a great word to use when describing blogs...after all, blogs really are a form of verbal pandiculation.


OHN said...

*note to self.....add pandiculation to a conversation today.

Carlos said...

LOL...I love it!

Stephen Chapman... said...

I love learning new words - and this is a great one!

Laura Payne said...

I am very curious...so many people have arrived at this post today from searches for pandiculation, what is it about this day in particular? Is it National Pandiculation Day or something?

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