Since last week was all about being disguised, aka drunk, this week naturally lent itself to the after effects of said drunkenness: getting sick. I am one who would rather visit the dentist every day for a month than throw up. When I was a child, I even avoided using medical terms for the action, almost superstitiously believing if I didn’t say the actual word out loud, maybe I would avoid the unpleasant results. Consequently, I’ve always used slang terms; the term “vomit” is so evocatively harsh and nearly onomatopoeic that just hearing it about makes me queasy.
For the Word of the Week, I give you a surprisingly more genteel-yet-still-vulgar term to pretty up a rather unfortunate and ill-mannered event.
1702 from the French cascade (noun). In early 19th century slang, “to vomit.” Related: cascaded; cascading.
Luckily for me, I found even more slang terms for cascade to make me laugh rather than turn green:
cast up one’s accounts/cast up one’s reckoning (to vomit)
to cat, shoot the cat, or catting (vomit from drunkenness)
cropsick (having a sickness in the stomach from drunkenness)
to flay a fox/to flea a fox (to vomit)
to flash the hash (cant term, to vomit)
to pump ship (vomit at sea)
And now for this week’s winner of the funny but eww! award:
shi**ing through your teeth (vomiting); “Hark ye, friend, have you got a padlock on your a*se, that you sh*te through your teeth?”
Now THAT is a word picture!
I will leave you with some wonderful naval humor. I do hope you have absolutely no chance of using this Word of the Week, and that your days remain blessedly hash-free!
Admiral of the Narrow Seas (one who vomits into the lap of the person opposite)