Word of the day – ig
The Welsh word ig (plural: igion) means hiccough. The verb, to hiccough / sob, is igian, igio or igion.
When I’m singing or playing the tin whistle or other wind instruments I often get hiccoughs, and the other day I was trying to explain this to a Welsh friend in Welsh, but didn’t know the Welsh word for hiccup. So I looked it up.
The English word hiccough (also spelt hiccup) is thought to be an imitation of the sound of hiccoughs, and the Welsh word ig probably is as well.
In other languages hiccough is:
The medical terms for hiccough are synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF), or singultus, from the Latin, singult, “the act of catching one’s breath while sobbing”.
Do you have any good cures for hiccoughs?
I usually hold my breath and/or drink water.