CLOSE
Original image
iStock

13 Sonorous Terms for Snoring from Across the U.S.

Original image
iStock

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 90 million Americans experience some kind of snoring activity, from simple snoring to sleep apnea. That’s a lot of people blowing Zs (as they might say in Pennsylvania), which requires a lot of ways to say "snore." Here are 13 from across the U.S., brought to you thanks to our friends at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), in honor of Stop Snoring Day.

1. SAW LOGS

To saw or cut logs is a snoring expression that’s widespread except in the Northeast. You could also say you’re sawing big logs or sawing logs and stacking them.

2. SAW WOOD

Variations include chop wood, cut timber, cut wood, and buzz wood. The use of these terms is widespread but less frequent in the South Atlantic, Inland South, and Lower Mississippi Valley.

3. SAW (OR CUT) GOURDS

Like sawing logs or wood, except with gourds. Chiefly used in the South and South Midland.

4. HIT A KNOT

Knots in wood are dense. Hence, all the sawing noise comparable to snoring. Hit a knot is lumberjack lingo that might be heard in New England and the Great Lakes region, as well as California and Colorado.

5. TAKE TWO ROWS AT A TIME

This South Midland idiom meaning to sleep very soundly or to snore might refer to working two rows at a time in a field with some type of farming machinery, resulting in double the commotion.

6. MOW HAY

We’d say some somnolent sounds are definitely as loud as a hay mower. This term might be used in California.

7. CALL HOGS

This term chiefly used in the South and South Midland is attested in both Scotland and England, according to DARE, where call comes from the Scots word meaning “to drive” and hog actually refers to a yearling sheep. (The English hog refers to, well, a hog.) Variations include call pigs, cows, or dogs, and drive pigs.

8. AND 9. PULL CORN AND CRACK CORN

You might hear pull corn—meaning to pick or gather in corn—in Florida and Virginia, while crack corn might be used in Indiana. To crack corn means to crush it into small pieces.

10. RAKE UP THE COALS

Snoozing up a storm in Massachusetts? You’re raking up the coals.

11. KNOCK OR RATTLE THE SHINGLES

Refers to any clamorous activity, especially snoring, and includes variations such as rip or tear. “You sure ripped off a heap of shingles last night!” you might tell a vociferous slumberer, as per a quote in DARE. Or of a boisterous party: “They certainly tore off the shingles last night.”

12. GRIND GRAVEL

This saying for rowdy repose might be used in Wisconsin.

13. COOK TURNIPS

Named for the turbulent activity of boiling root vegetables, cook turnips is a chiefly Pennsylvanian term. Variations include cook coffee and cook (or boil) cabbage.

Original image
FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images
arrow
Animals
Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
Original image
FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

Original image
Courtesy Murdoch University
arrow
Animals
Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
Original image
Courtesy Murdoch University

Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios