Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot is namedropped on page 49 in a hiccupped discussion of chaos theory.
"I'll drink your health with very great pleasure my dear," hiccupped the woman.
Korsakov giggled, belched, hiccupped and finished his drink.
"You been do you dam please," he hiccupped; and Joe retired with a shrug.
The drunken Man staggered to his feet, and hiccupped vehemently.
"No, we can't stand that," hiccupped Smith, scarcely able to keep his legs.
"Fleeting and singing, and singing and fleeting," hiccupped Bhairon.
He was drunk at the wedding, and hiccupped incessantly during the ceremony.
For answer Tom Rochford pressed his hand to his breastbone and hiccupped.
"The distinguished company is perfectly satisfied to know you: the cuisine was excellent," hiccupped Brissole.
1570s, hickop, earlier hicket, hyckock, "a word meant to imitate the sound produced by the convulsion of the diaphragm" [Abram Smythe Farmer, "Folk-Etymology," London, 1882]. Cf. French hoquet, Danish hikke, etc. Modern spelling first recorded 1788; An Old English word for it was ælfsogoða, so called because hiccups were thought to be caused by elves.
1580s; see hiccup (n.).
hiccup hic·cup or hic·cough (hĭk'əp)
A spasm of the diaphragm causing sudden inhalation interrupted by spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a characteristic noise.
A brief interruption; spasmodic stoppage: The violence in Moscow is another hiccup in Russia's drive for democracy (1980s+)