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Farting or breaking wind, is releasing gas from the anus. The English word fart has been around for a long time; in 1386, Chaucer wrote: This Nicholas anon let flee a fart.

The medical word for a fart is flatus (rhymes with hiatus) ; farting is flatulence which is sometimes used to mean belching as well. Pease and beans are flatulent meat (Blount, 1674) and there are flatulently, flatulentness, flatuosity, and flatuous If a man eat them [mulberries] alone they swell in the stomack and be very flatuous (Holland's translation of Pliny, 1601). However, there seems to be no verb to flatulate.

Some old people claim that they fart more with increasing age. Doctors do not regard flatulence as a problem in the absence of other serious symptoms.

Farting has always been viewed as vulgar and comical. In the opening scene of Aristophanes's comic play The Frogs, the slave Xanthias, trying to raise a laugh from his master (and the audience), says:

' #8005;#7791; #7791;#8166;#785;#7791; #7940; #1013;#788;' #1013;#788;#7791;#8183; #981;,
#7984;#8053; #8053; #7791;, #7936;#8053;;

which means, roughly, Well, how about this: If nobody will take away my pack, I'll let a fart and blow it off my back!


The Roman Emperor Claudius felt strongly that people should have no inhibitions about farting, even at parties, and issued an edict to that effect. In the 1530s, Erasmus wrote that to hold back wind is dangerous, but that one should hide the sound with a cough, for the sound of farting, especially of those who stand on elevated ground, is horrible. Today most people try to hide the sounds of farts in public places, and smart public lavatories in Japan are equipped with wall-m

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