“Daddyo, have you ever made people eat food and then listened to their tummies?”

Hey--do you think it was this guy? (Image of Plato by Raphael)

After an evening of pizza eating, there was some tummy talk.

The Four-Year-Old: “Daddyo, have you ever made people eat food and then listened to their tummies?”

Daddyo: “No. I have not done that. Do you want to know what that sound is called?”

The Four-Year-Old: “Yeah.”

Daddyo: “Borborygmi.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Why is it called that?”

Daddyo: “I don’t know. I think it’s from some old Greek word that probably sounded like the noise tummies make.”

Mommyo surreptitiously Asks the iPhone. According to Wikipedia, borborygmi (the singular is borborygmus, but who ever hears just one?) comes from the ancient Greek word borborugmos. And yes, borborugmos is some ancient Greek’s verbal approximation of the stomach noises themselves.

Daddyo, I bow down to you, oh Sage of Etymology.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Nine-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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