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Chris -- 2015-05-30
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.
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.
“Flume” for “phlegm” has eggcorn qualities, but the one that really catches my attention is “spewtum” for “sputum.” Here are . An excellent find. Beadwof is proud of you.
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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