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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 7, 2018

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This word came from a kids’ book – Time For Kids BIG BOOK OF WHY.

1. rheum – “The official name is rheum (pronounced “room”).”

This is actually explained in the book but I wasn’t familiar with it so I thought I’d share it here:

Some people call them eye boogers, gunk, sand, or sleep.  Whatever the term, that’s the crusty stuff that gathers in the corners of our eyes, especially after sleeping.

The official definition of rheum is a watery fluid that collects in or drips from the nose or eyes.


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12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2018 5:55 am

    We’ve always called it eye poop.

  2. March 7, 2018 7:18 am

    I thought that stuff was because of the Sandman. My Wordy Wednesday post is here:

    best… mae at

  3. March 7, 2018 8:05 am

    Eye gook for us!

  4. March 7, 2018 9:56 am

    I was closer than usual!

  5. March 7, 2018 10:36 am

    My opthamologist calls it “blepharitis” which I have of course! :–)

  6. March 7, 2018 11:05 am

    I knew rheumy but not the noun. This book for children sounds informative.

  7. March 7, 2018 11:08 am

    My son calls those eye boogers, so I may have to teach him this term. 🙂

  8. March 7, 2018 11:17 am

    We always called it eye sand.

  9. March 7, 2018 11:19 am

    There is no end to what I learn from Wondrous Words Wednesday!

  10. March 7, 2018 12:24 pm

    I call it eye scab

  11. Patty permalink
    March 7, 2018 3:04 pm


  12. March 7, 2018 9:32 pm

    Haha, I call it ‘mungie’. I don’t know how many times I’ve said to my six-year-old at the breakfast table “you’ve got mungies in the corner of your eye”. I thought I made it up but unfortunately urban dictionary tells me that word already exists and means something entirely different!

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