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#1 2012-09-14 20:21:05

burred
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From: Montreal
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coughing up flame; green slimy flume; phloem in my lungs

I cough up a clear flame
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Ive been coughing sometimes with flame for 4 days
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what is the best treatment nasal cold flume
R: if no fever and only flume and nasal obstruction go for DROPS
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coughing up green slimy flume
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If it’s even possible to be more disturbed, it is done by the jar of flume that shows what patients of COPD cough up from just smoking.
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How do i get phloem out of my lungs? ive been coughing for like 5 days or something, and theres phloem on the canal that leads to my lungs. every once a while, i can get a little phloem out, but im still coughing and theres crap in me.
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Every little annoying thing in my life came together and formed a giant cesspool of fermenting phlegm. It oozed up from beneath my feet untill it covered me from head to toe. Did it get me down? No,because I knew that was only the beginning. By sundown I was swimming in spewtom.
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#2 2012-09-15 00:42:54

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
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Re: coughing up flame; green slimy flume; phloem in my lungs

“Flume” for “phlegm” has eggcorn qualities, but the one that really catches my attention is “spewtum” for “sputum.” Here are other examples of the switch. An excellent find. Beadwof is proud of you.

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#3 2012-09-15 12:33:46

burred
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From: Montreal
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Re: coughing up flame; green slimy flume; phloem in my lungs

Flame and phloem are probably cupertinos, though startling ones – maybe from flem and phlem. Flume may be one as well, but the connection to fluid transport seems feasible, as you say. I hadn’t looked for spewtum; it’s everywhere. Though spew is Protogermanic and sputum Latin, Webster’s indicates that they “correspond”. I’m not sure what that means within the discipline of etymology, but I think it means that they have common roots in Stone Age throats.

Edit: Hold on, another source for flume might be the Dutch word for phlegm, fluim. The etymology of that one might be interesting.

Edit 2: Not really, there’s no connection to fluid there. But it is piquant to me that phlegm is cognate to flame and inflammation.

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