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  • Gradu (pronounced gra-DOO) = Any unwanted substance. There are two types:

    1. Specific gradu: You know what it is (e.g., the brown residue that is left at the bottom of your coffee cup after you have been gone for a few days ... It's dried coffee!)

    2. Non-specific gradu: You don't know what it is (e.g., the round, wrinkled, grayish fuzz-covered object you find in your vegetable drawer after being gone all summer).

    "Man, that was some gnarly gradu somebody left under the couch; it trapped all the dust bunnies! Yuck!"

    December 18, 2007

  • Hmmm, sounds like lees.

    December 18, 2007

  • Thanks, Bilby! Here's another example from whatsupmag: "So I took my darling girl to see the burly man with a bushy beard and calming persona who had treated three generations of my family already. His examination of my daughter made it four. He scrawled a prescription for her, saying 'This will help clear the gradu out of your nose and chest, cher.'"

    December 18, 2007

  • i'm still looking for a satisfactory word for the sleep gunk that proliferates around the corners of Boris's eyes. Not to mention an explanation for the prodigious quantities of same - it's like he's a one-cat feline sleep gunk nocturnal production facility.

    December 18, 2007

  • I have no clear idea why but I love the Lees list ... there's that sweet remembrance of coming in the door, taking off your shoes and thinking 'What is that stuff stuck to the soles?'; or of doing a clean-up around the house and finding something that was probably something else in another lifetime; or of being a kid and not being allowed to 'waste' new stuff but playing with leftovers of various kinds. I was chanting Lees - Test & Taste - Recycle long before it became a mantra.

    December 18, 2007

  • Trivet's Off the Gound compiles names for sleep gunk. Gound is defined in OED2 as "Foul matter, esp. that secreted in the eye" (obsolete). I'd add schmutz and eye goop to the list.

    December 18, 2007

  • Dottle. Which has the virtue of rhyming with wattle.

    Navel lint. As distinct from, say, naval lint.

    Just felt the need to get those terms out there. :)

    December 18, 2007

  • Note to self: Do not read gradu page after dining.

    December 18, 2007

  • So gradu is a superset of specific excrement?

    December 19, 2007

  • So gradu is a hypernym of Specific Excrement ?

    December 19, 2007