I had Shakkuri on the other day which was really troublesome and took a long time to stop it. It is funny to see people have Shakkuri, but it is troublesome once you get it.
Shakkuri (しゃっくりin Hiragana) happens due to inflammation of the diaphragm, and it is called “Hiccup” in English. The name, Shakkuri comes from its sound when you have it, and it could be said in hiccup as well.
Since Shakkuri happens without people’s intention, it is annoying and cannot be stopped even if you try to stop.
In Japan, there is a popular account that if you have 100 times Shakkuri, you will die. This is totally untrue, but especially children tease each other by saying it.
There are some traditional ways to stop Shakkuri in Japan. Surprising someone who has Shakkuri, for instance is most well-known way to stop Shakkuri. Stopping breath for 30 seconds or 1 minute is also orthodox way to struggle with Shakkuri.
I am sure Shakkuri must have various saying or legend all over the world. I would like to know traditional or effective methods to stop Shakkuri. Can you tell me Shakkuri situation in your country, and how do you call Shakkuri in your language?