There is now, unofficially, a word for when a citrus fruit squirts you in the eye.
On Thursday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, the host welcomes siblings Hillary and Jonathan Krieger, who have been campaigning to get the word “orbisculate” into the dictionary.
The duo launched Project Orbisculate in order to honour their late father, who made up the word to describe that annoying moment when you’re peeling open a grapefruit and it squirts right in your eye.
As Hillary and Jonathan grew up, they heard their father using the word around the house, never realizing that it wasn’t a real word. Only discovering the truth when using “orbisculate” around some friends.
Their goal to get the word into the dictionary requires more and more people using “orbisculate” in everyday speech. They are also raising money for a charity to help people who need help with expenses after a loved one passes away.
To help in their effort, DeGeneres rolled out a billboard on the side of their studio promoting the word. She then shared video featuring celebrities talking about how they are using “orbisculate”.
Tiffany Haddish, Jake Tapper, Sarah Silberman and Chef José Andrés demonstrating their usage of the word.