Thursday, 1 July 2010

Burbling Pygmies

Did you know that there is an actual word (in the dictionary and everything) that is used to describe the noise your stomach makes when your hungry? Nope, neither did I...but there is and it's an onomatopoeia (a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes) which in this case is Borborygmi. (If you say it out loud it does kind of sound like your stomach rumbling).

I thought it was a rather wonderful word, but it just refused to stick in my head so I ended up coming up with my own way of remembering it (The idea was that if I remembered my version it would help me come up with the actual word). So what is my version I hear you's Burbling Pygmies! I know I know....genius isn't it!! My problem now is that I can remember the Burbling Pygmies pops right into my head easy peasy....but can I rememeber the bloody word it's supposed to represent? Erm, that would be a big fat NO!

Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? (Please tell me it's not just me!!)


Boonsong said...

I have the same problem, so I use rhyming slang. For example, boracic powder = broke, rabbit and hare = conversation, and apples and oranges = escalator.
I hope that the above is helpful.

Thanks for a very amusing post.

All the best, Boonsong

LadyFi said...

Hilarious! I've now got burbling pygmies on the brain...

Fire Byrd said...

Ok yep I have the same problem, not with my stomach but a plant called washing line, otherwise known as cordylin. And the only way I remember the proper name is thinking about the day I made up the word when I drove past the plant on the way to work then I can go backwards to the plant. Ironically I have four in my garden.

Carol said...

Boongsong - I have to confess that you've completely confused me with your rhyming slang!! (to be fair, it doesn't take much to confuse me!)

Lady Fi - LOL...everytime your stomach rumbles that's what your going to think of...sorry about that!

Fire Byrd - I am so relieved that it's mot just me! LOL at the fact that you have four in the garden but I can totally see why you chose washing line :-)

C x

Amanda said...

HA! You are quite mad, woman! But I must say that is a very fab word, indeed! x

Talli Roland said...

What a cool word! I can't say I knew that words existed. But... I don't think I have the pygmies issue! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed! Now what about acropachydermia?

Carol said...

Amanda - I'm not mad...I'm not mad in the slightest *cackles in a slightly mad manner*

Talli - It is a very cool word isnt it!! I love learning new words (even if I can't actually remember them!!)

Janice - Hehehehe, it's all your falut you know!! *groans* I'm not even going to attempt acropachydermia :-)

C x

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Definitely share that problem with you Carol - I prefer 'burbling pygmies' anyway, much more descriptive!

Boonsong said...

Sorry that I didn't explain my system properly. I try to rhyme the vowels of the first word with the consonants of the second taking into account whether the number of letters is odd or even , and ignoring all words of less than four syllables. I hope that clears up any confusion.

Great post. Great comments too.

I wish you a straightforward day.
All the best, Boonsong

Debs said...

Love it. I can never remember the words 'structure chart'. Yes, I know it's hardly difficult, but it's something I need to remember for work, and for the life of me those words will not stay in my head and I end up sounding unprofessional and making signs with my hands and saying, 'You know, those box things'.

Also... damn, can't think of it. Yes! 'Provenance'. Can never remember that without having to have a really good think.

Carol said...

Sea Blue - LOL, that means your going to be another one that thinks 'Burbling pygmies' everytime your stomach rumbles *sniggers*

Boonsong - Blimey that sounds complicated! Still, if it works for you then that's the most important thing!! *goes off to try and work out Boonsong's system*

Debs - Isnt it funny what sticks and what doesn't! There are loads of words I struggle with (and get laughed at because I can't remember)...I would love to blame my advancing years but I've always been like that!!

C x

Ayak said...

I have a similar problem with remembering peoples' names, particularly Turkish ones and I solve the problem by trying to associate the name with something else ...perhaps an object )in English).

The most amusing one that springs to mind is the chap who used to deliver our gas bottles when we lived in Goreme. His name was Fahti (pronounced "farty") this was easy..."Farty" the GAS man...quite appropriate!

Carol said...

Ayak - LOL...I love 'Farty' the Gas man!! That is completely brilliant :-)

Oh, and I'm glad it's not just me that does these things!!

C x

Jennifer said...

You are not alone. And if I were to try and come up with a "hint" to remind myself, I'd forget that too.

Now, what were we talking about?

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