Thursday, January 04, 2007

Word of the Day: Formication

Formication is the delusion that bugs or snakes are crawling on your skin. This phenomenon is common among stimulant users and is so common among meth addicts that it's frequently referred to as crank bugs.

I was curious about formications's etymology given its similarity to fornication. Formica is the Latin word for ants, it turns out, while fornication comes from the Latin fornicis meaning brothel. |Online Etymology|

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