MEANING: Noun: A creative impulse or inspiration.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin afflatus (a breathing on), from ad- (to) + flare (to blow). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhle- (to blow), which also gave us blow, bladder, blather, blast, flavor, inflate, and flatulence. Earliest documented use: 1649.

ABFLATUS - what you get from crunches and situps

WAFFLATUS - 1. an indecisive pufferfish; 2. waffles made with club soda

AFFLAYUS - we were soundly beaten by the team from Air Force Academy