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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blog Challenge "E"

This is post number 5 in the April A to Z blog challenge.  I've tried my best to stick to words that you might actually be able to use someday.  This one in particular happens to me almost every single day!

E is for: Echopraxia


Echopraxia is a noun for the involuntary imitation of the actions of others.  (Huh?)  This can be pretty much anything, but the most popular example is yawning.  Do you ever suddenly yawn after you see someone else doing it?  My guess is you do.  (And if you don't, what's your secret?  The world wants to know.)

Echopraxia isn't really a disorder or anything, so don't worry if you yawn contagiously.  It's more of a natural behavior.  It is, however, commonly associated as a symptom for Tourette syndrome and schizophrenia.  So . . . if exhibit echopractic behavior in the morning around people yawning, you probably have nothing to worry about.  But if you yawn and then strike a conversation with the pink elephant standing next to you, you might need to see a doctor.

10 comments:

umbrellalady said...

I always wondered if there was a word for that...now I know there is! lol

Sue H said...

...another useful word for the Scrabble board!
;-)

....and here's an interesting thing - you mention someone yawning because they've seen someone else do it; well, as I read the word 'yawn' - guess what......!

Goodness, now I can't stop...yawning...

SueH I refuse to go quietly!

Angela Felsted said...

Yeah, probably good I haven't seen any pink elephants.

dannifoley said...

You can see the pink elephant too? Just kidding, I'm not that crazy. Very interesting though! I had no idea this word existed, but I like it!

--Danni--
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Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

Pink elephants are cool! *giggle*
Just stopped by from the A-Z Challenge!
gigglelaughcry.blogspot.com

Jiu Jitsu Los Angeles said...

I yawned when I read the word yawn. I also heard somewhere that if you can mimic accents well, you're susceptible to Dementia. So maybe we're all just a little crazy and losing our memory?

baygirl32 said...

when I get really bored in pathophysiology class, I fake a yawn and watch it pass through the class, wonderful! (yeah I really need to act my age)

Happy E day!
http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

Tara Tyler said...

that term could apply to how we talk to each other. We usually respond with the same attitude thrown at us, whether friendly or snooty. notice it!
Happy E day!

Jess said...

Interesting.

AllMyPosts said...

I believe imitation if the greatest form of flattery!! So echopraxia is what I believe in??

My goodness!! But echopraxia is involuntary imitation??


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