What’s the word I’m looking for?

It’s been said (and I’m repeating it here because I think it’s either true or hilarious…or both) that babies in the womb are a perfect parasite – when a pregnant mother eats, her baby gets first dibs on the nutrients, leaving mama with whatever’s leftover.Ā  This is specifically important information for one of my friends, who is hypoglycemic and currently pregnant, and must eat constantly and intentionally in order to ensure that enough food makes it to her “under-sweet blood.”

I seem to experience something similar – though not nearly as awesome – whenever I’m in the early stages of a head cold.Ā  The first full day after those initial symptoms (itchy throat, increased congestion in sinuses) I often eat twice as much as I would on a normal day.

Just now, I reheated some leftover soup – commenting on what a huge amount it was, and that I’d probably end up saving a portion – and found myself licking the bottom of the container a mere ten minutes later, wishing for more soup.

So, to add to my personal lexicon of made-up words (one of the best being hangry*), what do you suggest we call this early-cold stage of hunger?

I’ll give some Zicam to whoever comes up with the best word!

*hangry = so hungry you’ve become angry

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15 thoughts on “What’s the word I’m looking for?

  1. I like where you’re going with this, Minty. Maybe there is something that can be combined with voracious – it’s already one of my favorite words to pronounce.

  2. Luracious?
    (Lurgy + voracious, which makes it applicable not just for colds but for any illness-induced feeding frenzy. Or maybe that’s just me?)

  3. This made me think of a term my old friend Jill coined for times when she did things that were kinda not really allowed–like a random U-turn or something: “Jillegal.”

  4. The same thing happens to me! I thought I was the only one. I probably eat twice the calories I do usually when I’m sick; interestingly enough, I was doing so exactly when you were, judging from this entry’s date.

    Voracill (pronounced “vor-ay-shill”) would get my vote. I guess you could also say you have a voracillisite, if you want the parasitic bit in there. ;)

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