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  • Simply, rumblings in the guts.

    From Tobias Smollet's 1762 satire, "The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves".

    June 26, 2009

  • I suspect that this is a misspelling of borborygmata. According to the wordinfo website:

    The word borborygmus has been rumbling around the English language for some 200 years. Its earliest known use in English dates back to 1796. The word arrived from New Latin, but traces its etymology back to the Greek borboryzein, "to rumble".

    June 26, 2009