Suppose I'm in the library studying. One of the couple of dozen people there sniffs every 132 seconds instead of blowing his nose. When I look around it's impossible to identify the source of the sniffing. This is one of the things that bother me the most about not being a hermit.

How can I talk about this horrible habit of sniffing in Spanish? I've never found a good way.

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    Sorber: 2. tr. Atraer hacia dentro la mucosidad nasal.
    – user14069
    Sep 4, 2017 at 5:22

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The sentence you're looking for is "sorber los mocos":


Del lat. sorbēre.

  1. tr. Atraer hacia dentro la mucosidad nasal.

Although it may appear that just saying "sorber" would suffice, I think it's better to be specific and say "sorber los mocos" (unless the context is very, very clear), because the first meaning of "sorber" is "to drink from a straw".

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    Gracias por responder tú. En inglés me expreso muy mal
    – user14069
    Sep 4, 2017 at 7:27
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    @blonfu - Sí, como dijo walen. El español es mi segundo idioma y actualmente vivo en EEUU. A veces por flojera pongo una pregunta en inglés pero si me das una respuesta en español te voy a entender. (O si incluyes alguna palabra o expresión que no conozco, te diré.) Sep 5, 2017 at 13:15

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