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Apparently it will not be the onomatopoeic word I invented decades ago to describe the expulsion of gas from the nether regions, but you can't win them all.

 

The English Language WordClock: 999,971 29 words until the 1,000,000th Word Countdown until 1,000,000th Word in English Language At the current pace of a new English-language word created about every 98 minutes, English will cross the Million Word Mark on June 10th, 2009 at 10:22 am (Stratford-on Avon Time)  http://www.languagemonitor.com 
  

Finalists for the one millionth English word

* Chengguan Urban management officers, a cross between mayors, sheriffs and city managers.

* Jai Ho! From the Hindi, “It is accomplished”; achieved English-language popularity through the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

* Mobama Relating to the fashion sense of the US First Lady, as in “that is quite mobama-ish”.

* Noob From the gamer community; a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term.

* Phelpsian The accomplishments of Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics.

* Quendy-Trendy British youth-speak for hip or up-to-date.

* Wonderstar As in Susan Boyle, an overnight sensation, exceeding all reasonable expectations.

* Zombie Banks Banks that would be dead if not for government intervention.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/5454273/1000000-words.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing, Dale!

And, as someone who grew up in a family whose verb and noun for flatulence was "puff," you can rest assured that I would have supported your onomatopoeic word -- whatever it was.

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As would I. The word in our

As would I. The word in our household was 'fluff'. My grandfather used to fluff and blame the dog, despite the fact that we didn't have one. Can you imagine how confused I was as a child when I was given a 'nice fluffy teddy bear' for my birthday? I was afraid to sleep with him in my bed.

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Ha!

That's awesome, Gina.

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"Puff and Fluff" sounds like

"Puff and Fluff" sounds like a hairdresser's advert. My own humble addition signifying sound and fury is "flaad".

Maybe it's not too late, there are still two days. A lot of gas can erupt before then.

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As a logophile...

...who was born on June 10th, I'm thrilled that the one-million mark will be observed on my birthday.

As an uptight wet blanket, I'd prefer there be no word for the phenomenon you describe. ;-)

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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'As an uptight wet blanket,

'As an uptight wet blanket, I'd prefer there be no word for the phenomenon you describe. ;-)'

I acknowledge the words, but never have to use them as, like the Queen, I am without gaseous emissions.

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Was it Sir Walter Raleigh...

...who blamed it on the horse?

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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That was probably my

That was probably my grandfather too... after all, we didn't actually have a horse.

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It was actually Richard III

It was actually Richard III who blamed it on a horse. 

 

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Of course, if you actually

Of course, if you actually are in a tight, wet blanket, you will not be a source of, er, emanations.

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Whoops

How did I miss this? And there I go writing about it...well...two much?