collywobbles is the word of the day

the boys and girls of freedumb house are currently experiencing this sensation as May 11 moves ever closer

collywobbles \KOL-ee-wob-uhlz\
1. Informal. a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.
2. Informal. intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances.

We must pack off to Brother Michael because we have the collywobbles!
— James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916

Collywobbles came to English in the early 1800s and is presumably based on the term colic meaning “a sudden pain in the abdomen or bowels.”


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