Been listening to a lot of podcasts including “How Stuff Works” and one of the hosts mentioned this word for the podcast “How Yawning Works”. Fascinating word because it’s an action we do often but never knew there was a particular word for this action (or the combination of 2 actions! see below):

(third-person singular simple present pandiculates, present participle pandiculating, simple past and past participle pandiculated)
(transitive, intransitive)
To fully stretch the torso and upper limbs, typically accompanied by yawning.


pan·dic·u·la·tion [pan-dik-yuh-ley-shuhn]
the act of stretching oneself.

1640–50; Latin pandiculāt ( us ) past participle of pandiculārī to stretch oneself, derivative of pandere to stretch + -ion

– Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

pandiculation (pænˌdɪkjʊˈleɪʃən) 
1. the act of stretching and yawning, esp on waking
2. a yawn

[C17: from Latin pandiculari , from pendere to stretch]

– World English Dictionary

Had to look into this word on several dictionaries.
Not sure why I decided to draw BBC Sherlock and John. Perhaps I was subconsciously thinking Sherlock would explain the definition of pandiculation to John.
A fan art in the making! Stay tune for the finished, color version.


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