Monday, May 11, 2009

What is that noise?

Today's word o' the day is..

bombinate - To buzz; to hum; to drone.

It sounds pretty innocuous until you get more detail:

He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull.
-- Elspeth Barker, "Nobs and the rabble, all in the same boat", Independent, September 22, 1996

That sounds kinda negative.

Sometimes the computer bombinates way into the night, stops for a bit of rest, then resumes its hum at the early hours of the morning.
-- Cheryl Glenn and Robert J. Connors, New St. Martins Guide to Teaching Writing

Hey, that's very modern. I can actually relate to that.

Anyway.. happy Monday.

1 comment:

Barry Leiba said...

A related, and also very groovy, word is "crepitate".