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Dragon

verb; zero derivation
To throw up or vomit
 
This word was formed though zero-derivation from the original noun form of dragon to form a verb. It was originally coined by a friend of my roommate to describe the action of throwing up. The speaker coined the word because the action of throwing up seemed to mimic that of a dragon's sound, facial expression and position of hands, as well as the spewing of something from the mouth. The action and appearance of a dragon was metaphorically extended to the action of someone throwing up. This word may be used instead of “to throw up” or “vomit” because it sounds funny.
Etymology : Middle English from Anglo-French dragun from Latin dracon-, draco 'serpent' 'dragon' from Greek drakon 'serpent'
Source : Can you hear him dragon in the bathroom? (conversation, Oct. 2008)
Last modified: 1 December 2008


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