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 n.— «On the origin of the word “nurdles,” used herein recently to describe styrofoam packing pellets…Marge of Novato says that her daughter calls them “ghost poop”; John Minton says the word is a combination of “noodles” and “turd.”» —“Personals” by Leah Garchik San Francisco Chronicle (California) Sept. 29, 1997. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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