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Saturday Word & Sunday Word: Borborygmous & Dippoldism

bor·bo·ryg·mus [ˌbɔːbəˈrɪɡməs]:
origin: (1710–20) Latin → Greek; borborygmos= to rumble

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!!! Let's get ready to borborygmos!

Or specifically a rumble of the stomach -- or growl, or gurgle, all are created by gases moving around. You know, that embarrassing noise your stomach can make when you're really hungry (I used to get it bad in 7th grade health class). If you don't know, allow Pooh Bear to explain, for he is an expert on that subject:

dipp·ol·dism [ˌbɔːbəˈrɪɡməs]:
origin: (1903) German; Dippold= proper name

This used to mean a person who derives pleasure from beating children, or specifically corporal punishment used on pupils. It has been expanded to mean sadism of whipping, hitting, or spanking on any sort of person (or watching it be done): man, woman, or child.

The word derives from a German tutor, Andreas Dippold, who in 1903, was convicted of disciplining a child to death. Now, before you get too carried away with cracks at Germans (see what I did there), do read this full description of the case, which lead to so much controversy at the time.
Tags: b, d, german, greek, noun, wordsmith: theidolhands

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