Monday, 30 April 2012

Entry: nystagmic (adj.)

In context: "Troeltsch, left eye ominously nystagmic, pretended to recap the day's match highlights for a subscription audience, speaking earnestly into his fist."

Definition: Of the nature of or characteristic of nystagmus; of or relating to nystagmus. Also in extended use.

That's not so helpful, is it?  Here's nystagmus (n.)

Involuntary, rapid, oscillating movement of the eyeballs (most commonly from side to side); an instance or type of this.

Other: It's Monday and you're probably dying to take a look at nystagmus up close and personal, right?  The movement is less exaggerated than I had thought - here's a short video clip.  Since this is the Internets, of course there's also a video of a cat with nystagmus.

SNOOT score: 1

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Source: Oxford English Dictionary, YouTube   

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