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In a Word: Eructate

Each week, The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. Use it in a sentence in a comment on his blog, You Don't say, and the best sentence will be featured next week. This week's word:

ERUCTATE

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Eructate (ee-RUCK-tate) and its variant eruct come from the Latin verb eructare. The New Oxford American Dictionary says, rather primly, that the verb means to emit stomach gas through the mouth, noisily — in fine, to belch.

If you want to send one of your own belches to college, you can call it an eructation.

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Example:

To imbibe plentifully, masticate extensively, and then eructate freely — those are the manly pleasures.

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