Borborygmi

A word from Tony Kushner’s Angels In America. It is the sort of word that makes me love him and at the same time makes me want to punch him in the face.  It is the sound of stomach rumblings, those noises we all know so well but have no word for.

Could you ever use this word in casual conversation? I doubt it.  But it does make for great metaphor, the petulant whining of a small person.

Even Kushner seems shy about using the word.  He puts it in his act title, but when the time comes to use it, Roy Cohn says stomach rumblings instead.

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