The word that I can't remember was in a movie where one of the main characters made flower arrangements, and this guy who liked her saw them somewhere on a table in a hallway and tilted the picture that was hung on the wall behind the flowers, then he went to a book store and looked the word up in a dictionary and its definition was something like "the popping sounds your lips make when you pop your lips".

It was a really weird sounding word.


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Poppysmic. Found here. Loved that movie.

poppysmic [pa'pee'smik] n: the sound produced by smacking one’s lips

Another word from the movie Love Happens is quidnunc.

quidnunc [kwid'nuhngk] n: a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.

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    Actually, poppysmic is a nonsense word used by James Joyce in Chapter 15, (Circe) of his 1920 work Ulysses, (Florry whispers to her. Whispering lovewords murmur lip-lapping loudly, poppysmic plopslop. But who can say exactly what he meant by it? Aug 1, 2013 at 16:47
  • Interesting, @FumbleFingers - I didn't know that. Well, the reference in the movie means this. At least, if the asker and I are thinking the same movie.
    – LitheOhm
    Aug 1, 2013 at 16:55
  • @ LitheOhm: I didn't really register OP's what's this "word" I heard in a movie? when I posted an answer. If I had, I might have just closevoted as "belongs on movies.SE", because a "word" that's only been used twice in a century is hardly "English". Aug 1, 2013 at 16:59
  • @FumbleFingers Fair enough. I only got it because I remembered that movie and not through any mastery of the English language, too. I lack the rep to close-vote over here but you could do so if you'd like.
    – LitheOhm
    Aug 1, 2013 at 21:33
  • Nah - it's still relevant to ELU that apparently we don't actually have anything that could really be called an English word for what OP describes. Incidentally, quidnunc goes back to at least 1700, and has 26,500 citations in Google Books - it just happens to be mentioned in Love Happens. But there are only 83 instances of poppysmic in GB, and if I look at the handful earlier than 2009 (when Love Happens came out) they all seem to be quoting the Joyce usage. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:04

There's smack one's lips, but that's almost always used effectively "figuratively".

I can't find any dictionaries that agree with me, but personally I'd use gob. Apparently it's mainly a BrE usage. For me the primary meaning is to spit (or as the combination gob off = boast, complain, or otherwise use your mouth pointlessly/irritatingly).

I also found an (old) written instance of plopping his lips, which I assume refers to the same thing.


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