Catch your attention? The title’s grabbing, I know. Are you right now thinking, “Deglutition. What is that? I must know what it means. The word is so captivating?” Well, you’re in the right place.
I love this word particularly because there is no normal way to include it in a regular conversation. I’m not even sure there’s a way to include it in written language. Maybe in a medical journal.
Deglutition – n. The act or process of swallowing. Swallow down.
Try it out today at lunch – when you’re sitting around with your coworkers. Maybe you’re at Subway or eating pizza in the conference room and the mozzarella on the pizza is really stringy and extra chewy. You could say: “Is anybody else having trouble with the deglutition of this cheese?”
Or use it tonight at dinner. When your kids are being difficult, pushing around the peas on their plate and refusing to eat their drumstick because there’s an unidentified rubbery part that’s gross, and you’ve had enough because you just spent the past hour making a well-balanced meal for the entire family and before that you shuffled al the kids to all their activities and then spent the hour in between helping everyone with homework and after dinner you have a sink full of dirty dishes and then bedtime stories to read and so you lose it and scream, “I want to see the deglutition of every item on that plate or you can forget dessert!” and see what happens. The kids won’t know what you’re talking about, but they’re sure to figure it out with context clues.
Now, I’d like to add a note about the word from last week. Last week we learned consanguinity, which is undeniably a great word, but what I just realized is there’s an even better word, a word only a few letters off from consanguinity but is a whole lot more fun to say and probably way more usable in conversation. That is consanguineous. It still means related by blood so use it in speaking to the school about your consanguineous children or at the approaching holidays when you see your creepy uncle and you say, “I can’t believe we are consanguineous.” He’s bound to respond, “I know!”
The point is have fun with it. These words are certain to liven up any holiday gathering or social event since the people you engage in conversation will undoubtedly not know what the hell you are talking about. So enjoy!
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