What's the grown-up word for sleepy-dust?

(60 Posts)
FlamedToACrisp Thu 11-Jun-20 16:13:51

I've suddenly realised I'm 58 and still using baby-talk to refer to the crusty bits in your eyes when you wake up. All I can find by Googling is 'rheum' - but I've never, ever heard anyone refer to it as that!

What do you call it?

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Moonflower12 Thu 11-Jun-20 16:15:10

I'd say ' Oh there is a bit of sleep in your eye'.

BoneAppleTeaa Thu 11-Jun-20 16:15:14

I’ve only ever heard it referred to as ‘sleep’.

DrFoxtrot Thu 11-Jun-20 16:15:47


Dowermouse Thu 11-Jun-20 16:16:22

Pixie poo.

BigusBumus Thu 11-Jun-20 16:16:55

Sleep, as in Ive got sleep in my eye

itsme Thu 11-Jun-20 16:16:53

Eye bogies or sleep


gamerchick Thu 11-Jun-20 16:17:39

Sleep here as well.

Jkslays Thu 11-Jun-20 16:18:06

Eye crust

GreyishDays Thu 11-Jun-20 16:18:58


EyeDrops Thu 11-Jun-20 16:21:27

Eye gunk. Or just gunk in my/your eye.

TheFormerPorpentiaScamander Thu 11-Jun-20 16:22:45

Only ever called it sleepy dust

FelicityBeedle Thu 11-Jun-20 16:23:19

I grew up with it called duck muck

LakeTittyHaHa Thu 11-Jun-20 16:29:28

Eye boogers to my husband and DDog (he gets the worst ones ever!) but it’s sleepy dust for my DD

sittingonacornflake Thu 11-Jun-20 17:04:14

Just sleep here

Chocolatear Thu 11-Jun-20 17:13:50

Eye crud.

SassenachWitch Thu 11-Jun-20 18:23:07

Eye bogies

TheRattleBag Thu 11-Jun-20 18:53:43


I grew up with it called duck muck

Nah, duck muck (or duck meat) is the gunk you get between your toes!

FlamedToACrisp Thu 11-Jun-20 18:59:09

'Sleep' sounds much better - I might have to use that. I'll pass on the pixie poo and duck muck, thanks!

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SoberCurious Thu 11-Jun-20 18:59:33


BlossomCat Thu 11-Jun-20 19:01:30

Dame Edna Everage used to call them 'Custard Corners' envy

InTheShadowOfTheMushroomCloud Thu 11-Jun-20 19:05:01


Yankathebear Thu 11-Jun-20 19:06:42

I love the term sleepy dust, adorable.
I think the correct name is gound.
We tend to refer to it as crust which isn’t pretty at all.

thatcarolebaskinbitch Thu 11-Jun-20 19:07:46

Sleep or as @LakeTittyHaHa said Eye Boogers for the dogs grin

waltzingparrot Thu 11-Jun-20 19:09:49

Isn't the proper grown up medical type word, Blepharitis.

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