Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F is for Formication

It's time for another fantastic vocabulary word!

Today's word is: FORMICATION

Read it carefully to make sure you don't confuse it with another word that sounds like and is spelled almost exactly the same, because there's a world of difference in meaning.

Formication a medical term referring to the sensation of small bugs crawling on or directly beneath the skin.  It is a particularly disconcerting tactile hallucination.

Reasons to know this word:
-If you're ever writing a dirty limerick using the word I referenced earlier, you'll have a word to rhyme with it.  It might make for an odd combination of words considering the different meanings involved, but the truly creative can surely pull it off.
-If you're playing the word game Hangman with someone, this word will probably mess with their heads.
-Another medical term!  You'll sound super smart!


  1. The word I presume has some connection to the formic acid exuded by ants? Good luck with the A-Z - I picked your blog because it is warped, which says more about me than I'd like!

  2. Hmm. New word to me, but then I'm not medically trained.

  3. Eek, Bugs under the skin? I don't like this word.

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  4. Never heard of this word. The experience sounds scary but funny when it's not me or someone close to me experiencing it.

  5. Funny, I happened to stumble across this word earlier today. The definition gives me the heebie jeebies, and I can almost feel those bugs right now.