“I was reading a book when my cat interrupted me by jumping on my lap.”
Now consider this:
“I was reading a book when my cat jumped on my lap, though I continued to read uninterrupted.”
In the first example, the second action interrupts the first. That is an interruption.
As Cambridge puts it, an interruption is “an occasion when someone or something stops something from happening for a short period.”
But what if there was “an occasion when something occurs momentarily while something else is happening without interrupting it,” like in my second example? What would you call that?
I found several synonyms of “interruption,” but none of their definitions matched my idea. I guess it's a lexical gap.
I came up with an idea: intercurrence and to intercur.
“I was reading a book when my cat intercurred me by jumping on my lap.”
In other words, my cat jumped on my lap, but that did not interrupt my reading. A better definition of the noun might be: “An action or occurrence, which is expected to interrupt another progressive one, but doesn't.” The verb's definition would be: “To do something which is expected to interrupt a progressive action or event, but doesn't.” The verb is an action verb, transitive, and regular.
What are some better words for this?
How they will be used:
- My cat caused a ____(noun)____ by jumping on my lap, but that did not interrupt my reading.
- I was reading a book when my cat ____(verb)____ed me by jumping on my lap.