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Pronunciation: bor-bo-RIG-mus

Like too many other things in life, this to always happens in the worst moments; on your first date, at a job interview, when he first tells you that he loves you or during the last minutes to an important exam. Then, oh then, your stomach starts twisting and turning, producing sounds you are positive- heard miles away.

Definition: a rumbling sound made by the movement of gas in the intestine.


Although the definition of this word includes unpleasant nouns such as gas and intestine, it merely originates from the Greek borboryzein meaning to rumble.

Why this word?

It is funny, it is embarrassing and- it happens to all of us, so here is the word for it!

How to use borborygmus?

I would advise using it with humor; whether you or anyone else- be sure this word will follow an embarrassing moment, so let’s hold on to humor…

I really didn’t want to be embarrassed by any unpleasant borborygmus on our first date, so I only ordered a salad… Combined with the wine we had, borborygmus was our background music. You won’t believe how discomfit I became!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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