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Offline Scribbler Reading TBR list - I hate you!
20 Mar 2013, 03:32 PM | Post: #1

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I need a word...

Bloody plot bunnies - they're dropping ideas for drabbles on my doorstep - pesky critters.
So here's the thing: a woman is giving birth, she's being told to 'puuuush' - what word would be appropriate to describe her vocalising?
'Arrrrrggghh' doesn't seem right. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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20 Mar 2013, 03:40 PM | Post: #2

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Huuuuuurhhgggggggghaaaaaaaaahoooooooohfuckinghell.
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20 Mar 2013, 03:46 PM | Post: #3

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(20 Mar 2013 03:40 PM)Michael Cargill Wrote: Wrote:  Huuuuuurhhgggggggghaaaaaaaaahoooooooohfuckinghell.
It certainly made me laugh, but not quite what I was looking for!
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Offline Paula Jane
20 Mar 2013, 04:06 PM | Post: #4

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(20 Mar 2013 03:32 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  Bloody plot bunnies - they're dropping ideas for drabbles on my doorstep - pesky critters.
So here's the thing: a woman is giving birth, she's being told to 'puuuush' - what word would be appropriate to describe her vocalising?
'Arrrrrggghh' doesn't seem right. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Scribbler, if there is a midwife present and she is a good one, she would tell the woman not to waste energy screaming, but to channel that energy into pushing.
Here's some roleplay... (try to imagine!!!)  If you visualise pushing, then start screaming, lots of your energy is lost through the scream and childbirth takes that much longer, is that much more painful and more traumatising to everyone around.

If this can't be done, an approriate word would be  !*?+~!* ,   AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!   or just plain   AAAUUUUGGGHHH!
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20 Mar 2013, 04:22 PM | Post: #5

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As I remember - and yes, we're going back a loooong way - it's more a heavy gasp - like the 'Ha' breath in yoga. A grunt of effort (it's not called labour for nothing!) rather than a scream, which as Paula Jane has said, wastes effort.
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20 Mar 2013, 04:43 PM | Post: #6

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Ahem! I didn't bellow! I'm a Laydee!
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20 Mar 2013, 05:30 PM | Post: #8

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I'd suggest something that sounds like it's coming through gritted teeth, such as NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGHHHHHHH!
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20 Mar 2013, 05:46 PM | Post: #9

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I've got your answer, Scribbler.

Eat nothing but hard-boiled eggs, cheese and thick porridge for a couple of days, then take a tape recorder into the toilet with you.

It's much the same as chilbirth and any woman that says otherwise is lying.

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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
20 Mar 2013, 05:48 PM | Post: #10

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Imagine something like 'No-o-o-o-o-o-o' followed by a sort of whimper (again, it's going back a long way).
Though many women resort to swearing I believe.
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