Verboticism: Dinsomnia


Created by: Tigger

Definition: n. Strange sounds that keep you awake in the middle of the night. v. To lie in bed unable to sleep because you keep hearing weird sounds.

Pronunciation: /din-SOM-nee-uh/

Sentence: Lying in bed and staring toward the ceiling, Michelle sighed again, kept awake by the dinsomnia that had plagued her every night this week. There were the 'creekity-creeks' that Jack had explained were just the roof beams contracting in the cooler evenings, the 'tick, tick, tick, hiss' of the hot water pipes, the faint 'thump, thump, thump' of the refrigerator in the kitchen, and the 'drip, drip' of the leaky bathroom faucet. But what on earth was that 'clankety, clank' noise that sounded like it was coming from the attic? It didn't fit in with the familiar nighttime rhythm, and Michelle winced every time she heard it.

Etymology: Din - sound with clamor or persistent repetition (from Old English, dyne "loud noise") + Insomnia - an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness (Latin, insomnia "want of sleep" from in- "not" + somnus "sleep")

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Comments: Dinsomnia

Nosila - 2008-05-12: 02:13:00
Great minds think alike...? Or is it fools seldom differ????

Tigger - 2008-05-12: 02:37:00
So the saying goes, but to our mutual credit, I'd like to think that I'm a unique sort of fool. You decide.

galwaywegian - 2008-05-12: 12:00:00
had to give you a vote each in the interests of fairness.

Nosila - 2008-05-12: 19:26:00
Too kind, galwaywegian, thanks!

OZZIEBOB - 2008-05-13: 07:26:00
Clever blend!