pátek 16. listopadu 2007

HICCUP /hikap/
škytat, mít škytavku

I can't stop hiccupping. Nemůžu přestat škytat.
She hiccupped once or twice and fell asleep. Jednou nebo dvakrát škytla a usnula.
When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water. Pokud musíš škytat, vypij sklenici studené vody.

Charles Osborne (1894–1991) of Anthon, Iowa, USA, started hiccupping in 1922 while attempting to weigh a hog before slaughtering it. He was unable to find a cure, and continued hiccupping until February 1990, a total of 68 year! Osborne led a normal life in which he had two wives and fathered eight children. The only discomfort from his hiccuping, he claimed, was the constant risk of losing his false teeth! During the first few decades, he hiccupped up to 40 times a minute, slowing to 20 a minute in later years. He finally stopped in 1990 – after an estimated 430 million spasms – and died the following year.

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