"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 11 January 2013


   Pygal is a zoological term meaning of or pertaining to the hind quarters of an animal.  The related word pygalgia is a rarely used term meaning pain in the buttocks.  I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere since the expression pain in the buttocks, pain in the butt and pain in the a**e are versions of the expression pain in the neck meaning a nuisance; a source of trouble or annoyance. 

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