Glirpies

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Glirpies refers to the never-to-be-fully-cleaned up mess left behind after young children use glitter.

Usage Examples:

“Tiffany did a project with the toddlers three days ago and some of the kids still have glirpies!”

“Gene is going to have a fit when he sees the carpet has glirpies! It’s going to be impossible to clean up before the open house.”

“We’re headed to grandmas later, can we avoid a glirpies outbreak this morning?”

This term plays off the ‘glitter is the herpes of craft supplies’ popularized by comedian Demetri Martin.

Demetri Martin on glitter:

Here’s a look at exactly why glitter is so hard to cleanup:

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