Body Participles: A Word Thing
I don’t know why, but as I was falling asleep the other night, I began thinking about the number of common adjectives we have created by combining a body part and an -ing participle. Seriously. I spent time out of my life thinking about this. Maybe I need some kind of professional help.
I don’t think there is a word for this. Maybe we can coin one here. How about anatomical participialism? Participial anatomicalism? Anato-participialising? Maybe I’ll just stick with body-participling.
Anyway, here’s my list of body-participles. Can you think of any more?
There are others that seem to be used exclusively as nouns rather than adjectives:
- arm twisting
- chest pounding
- hand wringing
*Contributed by commenter JJ
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