Courtesy of Grandiloquent Word of the Day, Antarctica.

Curglaff is an English word that refers to the shock felt in swimming when one first enters into cold water.

Swimming in the polar regions and in high altitude swims (see here), cold water swimmers experience curglaff.

From John Jamieson’s Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 18th century.

Photo shows International Ice Swimming Association founder Ram Barkai about to dive into the waters of the Southern Ocean.

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