F is For Formication

A reminder that I’m doing “The Funniest Words in English” for my trip down the A-Z Blogging Challenge path, (well, not always hahaha funny, but kind of off the beaten track funny, like maybe a little odd, sometimes).

Formication – The sense of ants crawling on your skin.

You thought that was fornication, didn’t you? No, that one’s not really odd or funny. Well, yes it is kind of. I mean when Father O’Connor pontificates about it in Nkana’s Catholic Church you attend with your girlfriend even though you’re not a Catholic and you’re a kid in the first blush of sexuality and the two of you get the giggles and can’t stop.

Formication is about something that could be very serious and not much fun, unless it’s just pins and needles because you’ve been sitting on your foot in rapt attention to the first boy who paid attention to you. If however there’s deadness, numbness and paraesthesia–itching or burning usually associated with peripheral nerve damage–then it might just be serious.

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20 thoughts on “F is For Formication

  1. Totally screwed up and gave the wrong website again, didn’t mean to take credit for what’s not mine. However, the website I gave was the one I was just at and it’s pretty cool too! 🙂

  2. It’s wonderful to learn something new! Though I do not like the feeling of ants (or anything else) crawling on my skin — formication.

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