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What do you call an almost sneeze?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (16783points) May 21st, 2019

What is the scientific term? Do you get them too?

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ucme's avatar

I call that hugely frustrating, like when one is on the cusp of sexual climax & a passing car backfires completely putting one of their stroke.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I believe that the scientific term is either “aborted sneeze” or “stifled sneeze”. And they are actually somewhat dangerous, in that if you stifle the sneeze at the nostrils, the sneeze back pressure has to go somewhere. It can, if there is enough force, damage the back of your throat.

So don’t do it.

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Demosthenes's avatar

@elbanditoroso Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think @RedDeerGuy1 is talking about purposefully stifling a sneeze (which I admittedly do sometimes if I’m in a quiet setting or if I have to sneeze while eating), but is instead talking about getting an urge to sneeze that builds and builds but never pays off in an actual sneeze (and often leads to uncomfortable watery eyes and a feeling of unfulfillment).

It’s like the sneeze equivalent of blue balls. I guess we could call it “blue nose”? :P

Brian1946's avatar

I would call it a snee.

Pinguidchance's avatar

Onomatopoetically, I’d say it was achoo without a choo.

si3tech's avatar

Is there a scientific name for this?

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raum's avatar


Now I want to have two bunnies and name them Snee and Choo.

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