By Carol Hinz
Editorial Director, Millbrook Press
I’d like to officially kick off our Week of Grossness here on the Lerner Publishing Group Blog. This week, I’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes info about our new Gross Body Science series and generally celebrating all things gross.
Working on this series taught me the following five words, none of which my spell-check seems to recognize. Follow the links to listen to pronunciations!
borborygmi: growling and rumbling sounds your stomach makes as you digest food
caruncle: the red, fleshy bump of skin in the inner corner of the eyes. No connection to your uncle’s car.
cerumen glands: the glands that make earwax, a.k.a. cerumen
chyme: mashed-up food that has already been digested by the stomach
Of course, the real key with new vocabulary words is to use them each in a sentence. As in: Did you hear those borborygmi? I must be a real chyme-producing factory! Of course, if your cerumen glands are overactive, you won’t hear anything, except possibly a very loud sternutation. If a sternutation is so strong it makes your eyes water, you’ll have to wipe your caruncles with a tissue!
What gross sentences can you make with these words?