Nugget of Knowledge: Hiccup Cure

We explain the meaning of the "field day" expression and a cure for hiccups

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – You’ll have a “field day” with this Nugget! Why do we use this expression “field day?”

The original “field day” dates back to the mid-18th century and was originally a military term, meaning troops were in the field on maneuvers or maybe on parade.

By the middle of the 19th century, “field day” had gone from the military vocabulary into civilian life. It now meant a day filled with exciting events and accomplishments.

Now, it’s a day when everything goes your way.

The hiccup is an involuntary jerk of the diaphragm, and then your vocal chords close in a constant rhythm of “hics.”

Here’s what you can do to sort of reset your diaphragm.

1. First, breathe in as far as you can, filling the lungs with air.

2. When you think you’ve breathed in as far as you can, try and suck in a bit more air with a little inward gasp.

3. Hold this breath in for 10 full seconds.

4. Then swallow and breathe out.

That’s it! Good luck!

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