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n.1.A trot or trotting.
2.A shaking; succussion.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The rationale for this is explained in the 1965 essay "Holes, Syllabics and the Succussations of the Intercostal and Abdominal Muscles" where he references Beckett's rejection of character as an adequate vehicle for his expression in The Unameable: "Why 'invent' characters when you know yourself much better?
Johnson, "Holes, Syllables and the Succussations of the Intercostal and Abdominal Muscles," in Well Done God!
in order, by a more frequent and a more convulsive elevation and depression of the diaphragm, and the succussations of the intercostal and abdominal muscles in laughter, to drive the gall and other bitter juices from the gall-bladder, liver, and sweet-bread of his majesty's subjects, with all the inimicitious passions which belong to them, down into their duodenums.