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    What does "beeloon" mean ?

    Hello,
    I'm a french student currently reading an "essay" (Far Journeys) written by Robert A. Monroe in which I've encountered a difficulty : I do not understand the verb "beeloon" and I haven't found this entry in any dictionary I've consulted so far. Hence the title. Can somebody help me with that ?

    In the mysterious (at least, to me) passage, there's a child on his tricycle who seems to fall down on the grass.
    Here's the extract in which I've encountered the term :
    "(...) got to get up, my bike will get wet and it will rust, got to get it on the porch...but I can't move, I can't move!...what?...what?...just beeloon it and I can go the porch, how could I forget that! How could I forget to beeloon!"

    Thanking you in anticipation.

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    Re: What does "beeloon" mean ?

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    I only can guess;

    Maybe, it is a way that a child (or this particular child) (mis)pronounces the word "balloon". He/she thinks to attach some balloons to make the tricycle fly.

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    Re: What does "beeloon" mean ?

    It's also nowhere to be found on the Monroe Institute site.

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    Re: What does "beeloon" mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiesworden View Post
    Hello,
    I'm a french student currently reading an "essay" (Far Journeys) written by Robert A. Monroe in which I've encountered a difficulty : I do not understand the verb "beeloon" and I haven't found this entry in any dictionary I've consulted so far. Hence the title. Can somebody help me with that ?

    In the mysterious (at least, to me) passage, there's a child on his tricycle who seems to fall down on the grass.
    Here's the extract in which I've encountered the term :
    "(...) got to get up, my bike will get wet and it will rust, got to get it on the porch...but I can't move, I can't move!...what?...what?...just beeloon it and I can go the porch, how could I forget that! How could I forget to beeloon!"

    Thanking you in anticipation.
    It's not in OED.
    It sounds like a word made up by the characters in the story (but I suppose you've ruled that out by having read the whole essay).

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    Re: What does "beeloon" mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiesworden View Post
    Hello,
    I'm a french student currently reading an "essay" (Far Journeys) written by Robert A. Monroe in which I've encountered a difficulty : I do not understand the verb "beeloon" and I haven't found this entry in any dictionary I've consulted so far. Hence the title. Can somebody help me with that ?

    In the mysterious (at least, to me) passage, there's a child on his tricycle who seems to fall down on the grass.
    Here's the extract in which I've encountered the term :
    "(...) got to get up, my bike will get wet and it will rust, got to get it on the porch...but I can't move, I can't move!...what?...what?...just beeloon it and I can go the porch, how could I forget that! How could I forget to beeloon!"

    Thanking you in anticipation.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    (1) I read the passage on the Web.

    (a) Apparently, he's remembering a childhood experience.

    (b) Yes, as one gentleman suggested, it could be misspelling of "balloon."

    (c) In the passage, he says that "any curl can do it." (girl?)

    (d) He mentions a three-way maneuver.

    (2) If any member or guest rode tricycles when younger, perhaps s/he could enlighten us about this matter. In other words, how could you get the tricycle on the porch by "beelooning/ ballooning" it?

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    Re: What does "beeloon" mean ?

    I should add some more details to help comprehension. The book may seem at least particuliar in its topic for it deals with out-of-body experiences and the Hemi-Sync Program, which is used to explore the human consciousness. When Monroe refers to a curl, he means (I quote) "organized energy, usually intelligent, local slang".
    I think euncu had a clever impression, but to me it doesn't really fit with the rest of Monroe's memory. After thinking I have concluded that it might either be a made-up word, or, and I'm more convinced on this option, it might be some local (in Virginia, or specifically in relation with the Monroe Institute) slang.
    However, as an answer to Raymott's post, no other special or even odd word remains without any explanation in the rest of the book, whence my skepticism.
    As TheParser put it, the fact that Monroe as a kid evokes a three-way maneuver may be useful to understand what the expression means.
    And as Tdol wrote : "It's also nowhere to be found on the Monroe Institute site. ", and nowhere else on the net. But I'm not desperate. I e-mailed a native-speaker fellow who read the book, and expect his answer soon appears. If no solution, well, we may hope some native-speaker members did actually ride a tricycle in their childhood ! ^__^

    Thank you all for your participation in the elucidation of this mystery. I write to you when I get the response.

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