Reader Participation

What should the word “lurp” mean? This question has a purpose. I can’t promise that my limited attention span will enable me to reveal that purpose, however.

I am recovering from my 47th cold of the winter, by the way. The first year I lived in New York, I was sick all the time just like this. That was because I wasn’t used to riding in the mobile petri dish that is the subway, and because my office was a big open area where everyone sneezed on each other all day. (For fun.)

Now, however, I suspect I’m sick because I’ve been traveling, so I can’t really complain. Traveling is fun! Honestly, having a cold isn’t so bad either. I secretly (OK, openly) enjoy having a slight cold, because it gives me an excuse to lie around my house and relax. The rest of the time, I have to wait until I have a hangover.

Published by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

I'm a freelance writer and editor.

7 thoughts on “Reader Participation

  1. Gosh I’m dumb. I didn’t read your post carefully.

    Lurp should mean … live underwater role playing. LARPing with scuba gear. They pretend they’re mermen and carry tritons and look for big-breasted mermaids.

  2. Viet Nam era military acronym Long Range Patrol, sometimes spelled and pronounced “LURP”). I learned this reading Michael Herr’s “Dispatches” which is the source of a lot of the action scenes in “Apocalypse Now.”


  3. A lurp is clearly one of those burps where you catch a little liquid. A tiny barf. Not pretty but there you are.

  4. A lurp is when you make a running jump, and in an effort to travel slightly farther, you look back over your shoulder and let loose with a huge belch—y’know, for the thrust.

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