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Remming

verb; zero derivation
To be in the state of sleep The best known phase of sleep is the famous “rapid eye movement” stage, the stage where humans become paralyzed and then dream which is characterized by complete stillness except for the rapidly moving eyes. As rapid eye movement, or REM, has become more widely known, people apply it to mean all of sleep, not just that specific stage. Of course, this is incorrect, but the power of numbers helps to self-perpetuate this misconception. Everybody talks about sleeping, as it occurs for about 30 percent of our lives and is vital to our survival. As REM is often thought of as sleep in general, it makes sense that someone one day decided to say that they were remming, if someone asked them where they were. Or maybe they decided they should be remming at this particular moment in time. In either case, its clear that the word was restricted to the substitution of sleeping. You don’t hear people saying they remmed well last night. But you might hear them say that they need some rem. It’s just not as common and even probably comes from the back-formation of remming.
 
We should be remming right about now.
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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