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augenschleim

i was looking for the translation for 'sleepy men' meaning the little dried bits that you sometimes wake up with in the corner of your eyes. (for me anyway, that's always the inner side of the eye next to the nose)

that led me to 'augenschleim', and its german synonyms which seem to do with eye stone / eye sand / eye butter

it also led me to the obsolete english word 'gound'
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gound
which meant matter or pus. this word was close in spirit to the schleim in augenschleim

i have to say that i like the term 'sleepy men' a lot more, kind of amusing, not like your eyes are dripping slime and pus while you are asleep!
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Jesus..I just ate.

Well. "Eye-boogers" in my circles.
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Best to use "Schlafsand" when in a normal German conversation.
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Jesus..I just ate.

Well. "Eye-boogers" in my circles.

i saw 'eye boogers' when i was googling, never heard it before. give me 'sleepy men' anyday - you cannot eat the bits from your eyes. i hope anyway

thanks EdwinNL, my regular EN-DE dictionary dict.cc rates the synonyms of many words so one can see the top choice. but many words have synonyms that are only alphabetical, and one cannot figure out common usage then
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Re: augenschleim

In American English we often say you "have sleep in your eyes" when we mean eye goobers.
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In American English we often say you "have sleep in your eyes" when we mean eye goobers.
We say the same in the UK.

Or we call it sleepy dust.
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i saw 'eye boogers' when i was googling, never heard it before. give me 'sleepy men' anyday - you cannot eat the bits from your eyes. i hope anyway
As if one could eat the regular boogers? Nooooo. My amazing mango salad feels weird and slimy now.

Whatever that eye corner residue is called, I suggest to not rub it out. I use physiological liquid as eye drops and a tissue.
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As if one could eat the regular boogers? Nooooo.
That's reading between the lines, no-one said that! Hum, actually 'reading between the lines' could make another good phrase for language corner...
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Best to use "Schlafsand" when in a normal German conversation.
Normal as...Is it only here that we tend to not talk about the eye gunk on regular basis?

La classe.
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Normal as...Is it only here that we tend to not talk about the eye gunk on regular basis?

La classe.
Argh, I really feel we are making no progress in giving sleepy men (formerly known as eye gunk or eye boogers) an accepted place in modern society
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Argh, I really feel we are making no progress in giving sleepy men (formerly known as eye gunk or eye boogers) an accepted place in modern society
Mais non, you know I'm kiddin'. Let's rehabilitate eye-goobers, I am sure we can incorporate sleepy men into regular convos.
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that led me to 'augenschleim'
That's before it got dry. Once dried and in your eye corners, Schlafsand is a common term, just as Edwin said, or SchlummerKorn/SchlummerKörner.

Did you never wonder where the Sandman got its name from?
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We just call them sleepy/sleepies. No "men" required.
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+1 for just plain old "sleep in your eye". At least that's what we called it in the UK.

Speaking of eating stuff...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/...ists-conclude/

Gives a whole new meaning to "eat your greens".

En Guete...
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Re: augenschleim

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I now have a feeling that I am starting threads that are lowering the tone in Language Corner I recently asked about expletives in different languages, and whether some expletive words that are commonly accepted as a translation do in fact have an equally offensive weight in both languages. I did mean it as a serious question but I guess it went off the rails a bit. Now Augenschleim went to a health study about eating bogies...

Anyway back to language. There is actually a technical term for nose picking - rhinotillexis. Not the most everyday word but you never know if you might need it e.g. 'I regard Parliament's Brexit debate as an exercise in political rhinotillexis' (just making up an example at random there)
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You should teach.
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Re: augenschleim

mp school - i would send theresa may straight into the corner with a dunce's cap with a big D on it. maybe a B
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Wow. Rhinotillexis. Fabulous stuff.

Would you say that Schleim is equivalent to phlegm?
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Wow. Rhinotillexis. Fabulous stuff.

Would you say that Schleim is equivalent to phlegm?
I'm genuinely loving this thread


I'm hoping it's plain ol' eye slime... yum.
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Wow. Rhinotillexis. Fabulous stuff.

Would you say that Schleim is equivalent to phlegm?
Closest is "mucus", I would say.
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