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Formication… Itch

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This is about an English word that is close to (if not an exact match with) the Ulwa word ‘yaputka’ which was claimed in an article I read to be a word with no English equivalent…

more bugsFormication… Itch

Au contraire!
Be aware!
Of an English word for yuputka,
an Ulwa word meaning the phantom sensation of some…thing,
crawl…ing,
on your skin.
Some…thing,
creep…ing,
crawl…ing,
on your skin.

Ulwa? You ask…
The language of around 400 people of Karawala,
in Nicaragua,
where snakes and lakes abound,
in the forest, and Karawala means ‘dry fish.’

But what of the English?
The word is Formication.
OK, so,
the Ulwa word somehow includes
reference to
walking in the woods at night,
in the pitch black darkness.
Whereas, the English, oh, the English word is clear as daylight,
defined,
refined,
assigned,
aligned,
confined to
that feeling of some…thing,
crawl…ing,
on or under your skin.
Some…thing,
creep…ing,
crawl…ing,
on or under your skin.

A medical term, specific to
a set of sensations called
Paraesthesia.
Tactile hallucinations, of insects or bugs creep…ing,
crawl…ing,
sprawl…ing,
on or under your skin.

Feel the itch.

A tingling, burning, pins and needles, kind of itchiness;
leads to twitchiness,
tickly,
wriggly,
squiggly,
makes you sickly,
itchiness.
Caused, they say, by use of cocaine, amphetimines,

Crystal meth, aka,
“Ice,”
“Glass,”
“Chalk,”
“Crank,”
and a side effect of prescription drugs.
Suffered by some during “power surges”,
(that’s to say,  menopause).
The list goes on… diabetic neuropathy,
diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and
extreme alcohol withdrawal…
It’s a common yet illusory complaint,
which leads some to cut out the ‘worms’ with scissors.

Derived from formica, (Latin for ant),
this word is
extant,
present,
surviving,
existing.
Sufferers often get delusional parasitosis.
In extremis, people have ‘gathered’ the bugs
in matchboxes and demanded investigation.

Not to be confused with the English word in which ‘n’
is the fourth character.
The word is, formication. Some…thing,
crawl…ing,
on or under your skin.
some…thing,
creep…ing,
crawl…ing,
on or under your skin.
Some…thing,
creep…ing, creeping,
crawl…ing, crawling,
sprawl…ing, sprawling,
slimy slithering,
wriggling, wiggling, squiggling, tickling,
sickening,
on or under your skin.

Polly Robinson © 2014

bugs

A Doug O’Harra photo

21 thoughts on “Formication… Itch

  1. Thanks for this one Polly – I’m now scratching like a fea ridden mutt! Haha brilliant poem and educational too :)

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  2. That is creepy. I feel itchy just reading it.

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  3. ah man…now i’m itchy! and I’m pretty sure I know why we don’t use the word that often :D Can you imagine the mistakes we’d make? “I’d love to go out with my boyfriend tonight but I’m formicating.” “Don’t you need your boyfriend for that?” “Nope, I can get the itch all by myself”

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  4. ugggies, so effective, Polly.

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  5. LOL Very interesting and excellent job, Polly! Now I’m scratching away at an imaginary itch thanks to your very real power of suggestion. ;)

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  6. You certainly got my skin crawling! LOL What a delightful offering. :-)

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  7. Highly suggestive Polly! I would get out the Calamine Lotion but I am allergic to it… :)

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  8. Crazy! Very clever. k.

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