Adjective & noun. Late Middle English.
[Old & modern French carminatif, -ive or medieval Latin carminat past participial stem of carminare heal by incantation,
from Latin carmen, -min-: see CHARM noun, -ATIVE.]
MEDICINE. (A medicine) having the property of relieving flatulence.
Carminative - is there a more phonetically euphemistic word in the English language? Just as one's mind is enveloped in the smooth and inviting notions of carmen, calming and charm, the crude definition slaps us rudely across the face, just as might the carminative relief of the eponymous flatus. Carminative is a tragic, bathetic word. It was made to be beautiful, formed to be winsome, delicately moulded to bring a smile to the hardest lips and a sigh from coldest heart. But alas, it was not to be, and forever this delicately shaped word will be associated with fart medicine.
|(Solo) yoga is, apparently, an excellent carminative|
(photo by Peter Gerdes)
Let it R.I.P
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