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Burping & Belching


He quoted and burped, and these two complaints were equally repugnant to Madame Lenoir. ~Marcel Proust (1871–1922), "A Dinner in High Society," translated by Joachim Neugroschel, 2001

'Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
To eat us hungerly, and when they are full,
They belch us...
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [III, 4, Emilia]

Eructate. Belch; hiccup; throw up air from the stomach. ~A Dictionary of the English Language, abridged by R. G. Latham from that of Samuel Johnson, 1876

Eructation. A belching; loud, sudden ejection of wind from the stomach. ~A Dictionary of Terms, Phrases, and Quotations, edited by H. Percy Smith, 1895

Nidorosity. Eructation, with the taste of undigested roast meat. ~A Dictionary of Terms, Phrases, and Quotations, edited by H. Percy Smith, 1895

Tod's claim to fame was burping the alphabet down to Q in one breath. ~Thom Eberhardt, Rat Boys: A Dating Experiment, 2001

One time a third grader tried to impress Chuck Norris by burping the alphabet. In turn Chuck belched the entire Gangs of New York screenplay. ~Ian Spector, Chuck Norris Cannot Be Stopped: 400 All-New Facts about the Man Who Knows Neither Fear Nor Mercy, 2010

A Belch is but a Fart half digested... ~Jonathan Swift, "The Benefit of Farting Explain'd," 1722

      "But look! The frobscottle is fizzing the wrong way!" Sophie cried. The bubbles, instead of travelling upwards and bursting on the surface, were shooting downwards and bursting at the bottom.
      "Upwards is the wrong way!" cried the BFG. "Upgoing bubbles is a catasterous disastrophe! When you is drinking this cokey drink of yours, it is going straight down into your tummy, and the bubbles is fizzing upwards, which means that they will all come swishwiffling up your throat and out of your mouth and make a foulsome belchy burp!"
      "That is often true," Sophie said. "But what's wrong with a little burp now and again? It's sort of fun."
      "Burping is filthsome," the BFG said. ~Roald Dahl, The BFG, 1982  [a little altered —tg]

And does history repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? No, that's too grand, too considered a process. History just burps, and we taste again that raw-onion sandwich it swallowed centuries ago. ~Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, 1989

She said upon a time—the
bitterness of it I now belch from my heart...
~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, c.1609  [III, 5, Cloten] circulation of atmospherical air from the mouth to the œsophagus, and the... clonic spasm of the pharynx, producing a convulsive deglutition. ~E. M. Dupaquier, "Nervous Eructation," 1895

Eructation or belching designates a condition in which gas is frequently expelled from the stomach through the mouth. While this condition may accompany the most varied affections of the stomach, it may also occur alone and is then considered as a neurosis. ~Max Einhorn, M.D., "Diseases of the Stomach," 1896

Ewald states that he can belch at will from the œsophagus by auscultating himself at the ensiform process. Bouveret proposed to designate this condition as aërophagia (eating of air). Nervous belching may either last several days or exist for years. ~Max Einhorn, M.D., "Diseases of the Stomach," 1896

      The belching up of gas from the stomach after meals is not uncommon in many cases of dyspepsia. The gases belched forth consist of atmospherical air swallowed and carried with the foods into the stomach, or they arise from abnormal fermentations which disturb gastric digestion...
      Far different is the belching up which occurs at times in cases of hysteria, or nervous eructation... A gaseous bubble, expelled from the œsophagus, bursts forth suddenly and loudly in the mouth. The noise is more or less prolonged, consisting of a serious of secondary noises, caused by the vibration of the velum palatinum... It comes on at short or long intervals, or it may be repeated ten, twenty or thirty times in one minute. And this unceasing repetition of pharyngeal noise can last from five and ten minutes to one and five hours. Thus are formed the attacks of nervous eructation...
      Sneezing at the table is only accidentally pardonable, and in the presence of decent people the innocent baby alone has the privilege of freely discharging gas by the mouth and the anus. Consequently these unfortunate adults who are afflicted with nervous eructation and other windy propensities must live in seclusion, or seek after medical care, and we ought to be able to moderate those æolian explosions.
      Luckily for them, during the night they sleep undisturbed by the belching. During the day the belching is started by any trifling emotion — for example, the sight of a person who is not persona grata. True, the belching alone may hasten the retreat and exit of the non-sympathetic newcomer. At times the belching is caused by the excitation of certain parts of the tegument acting as hysterogenous zones...
      What is to be done for treatment in nervous eructation? Bromides, arsenic, opium, atropine, have been recommended. Bouveret found that the bromide of potassium has given him the best results. He tried without success the swabbing of the pharynx and of the œsophagus with cocaine solution. Of course the general treatment of hysteria comes in — moral direction, change of bad habits, rest, hydrotherapy; and of course when dyspeptic disorders complicate the case, proper treatment is also indicated... No doubt suggestion in the hypnotic state ought to be tried, and I will try it. But I can not help thinking it will be a parody of Svengali hypnotizing Trilby, in my efforts to suppress this kind of non-musical, anti-æsthetic, gastro-œsophago-pharyngo-vocalizations. ~E. M. Dupaquier, "Nervous Eructation," 1895

Quoth H—ph—y, belching, and another
Thing, which some folks call belching's brother...
~Hew Dalrymple, Rodondo; or, The State Jugglers, 1763

Eruct. To void wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth. ~A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, edited by James A. H. Murray and Henry Bradley, 1897

Buf, or boef. Interjection. An exclamation representing the sound made by eructation in consequence of overeating. ~The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, editor-in-chief William Dwight Whitney, 1895

Belching like a torn balloon. ~Angus McNeill, as quoted in Frank J. Wilstach, A Dictionary of Similes, 1916

Then he spued, belched, cracked, yawned, spitted, coughed, yexed, sneezed, and snotted himself like an arch-deacon... ~François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I, 1532, translated by Thomas Urquhart and Peter Motteux, edited by Curtis Hidden Page, 1905

The belching gor-bellie hath well nigh kill'd me... ~Anthony Brewer, Lingua: or, The Combat of the Tongue, and the Five Senses for Superiority, A Pleasant Comœdie, 1607  [Gorbelly, n. Big belly; person who has one. Some of the dramatis personæ: Lingua, Auditus, Tactus, Olfactus, Visus, Gustus, Apetitus, Crapula, Communis Sensus, Memoria, Somnus, Phantastes. —tg]

Soon I graduated to more sophisticated forms of levity, like seeing how many crayons I could stick up my nose at one time, burping the alphabet, and playing "Onward Christian Soldiers" on my armpit (I went to parochial school). ~Dav Pilkey

For God's sake don't answer these remarks, which (as Uncle Howard used to say of Father's writings) are but the peristaltic belchings of my own crabbed organism. ~William James, letter to Henry James, 1907

...what is it else, but an eructation of the minde... ~A Scholasticall Discourse against Symbolizing with Antichrist in Ceremonies, 1607

The manner of her life on earth may cause
Diversity of those eruptions,
For will, desire, or custome do dispose
The soul to such like figurations:
Propension brings imaginations,
Unto their birth. And oft the soul lets flie
Such unexpected eructations...
~Henry More, "The Argument of Antipsychopannychia, or, The Confutation of the Sleep of the Soul," 1647

What is there to be found of that gravity, humility, meekness, piety or charity requisite to so glorious a pretence?... But a perpetual eructation there is of humane passions, a vain ostentation of mistaken learning, and a causeless picking of controversie. ~Andrew Marvell, 1678

Likewise, they have Mental Prayer, and... Spiritual Eructations... ~An Argument for Union, taken from the True Interest of those Dissenters in England who Profess and Call Themselves Protestants, 1683

Belch, n. Small or poor beer; —vulgarly so called. In Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Olivia's uncle is Sir Toby Belch, an irresponsible, mischievous, jolly, tippling old idler and sponge. ~Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language, editor-in-chief W. T. Harris, 1911

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