January 16th, 2013

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Shakespearean Imagination

Good health, neighbours!

It's Wednesday again, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!

In the northern hemisphere, at least, now is the winter of our discontent ahem now is the season of our coughs, colds, and influenzas erm, now is the season when illness reigns supreme. Influenza and norovirus remain pandemic across much of North America and Western Europe. In honor of that, I give you today’s word:

puking : puk•ing / pyo͞okˈiNG / (noun) (verb) :

-the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth.
-one regarded as disgusting or contemptible.

-to vomit.

Synonyms as a noun: vomit - spew

Synonyms as a verb: vomit - spew - throw up - disgorge - spue

First seen in Shakespeare's As You Like It (written 1599 - 1600). The full text of the play may be found here.

ETA: Yes, I know. It's a terrible pun. I'm sorry.