[Ads-l] "kick kicksey" -- a disease unknown (and not in the OED) today?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Dec 2 14:05:28 UTC 2014

Now that I've seen that the "ch" in "cachexy" (AKA "cachexia") is 
pronounced like a "k", I'm convinced.  Just a minor :-) variation in 
spelling, then.


At 11/30/2014 04:52 AM, Eric Nielsen wrote:

>Online Etymology Dictionary shows usage for Cachexia as early as 1540's.
>cachexia (n.) [image: Look up cachexia at Dictionary.com]"bad general state
>of health," 1540s, from Latinized form of Greek kakhexia "bad habits," from
>kakos "bad" (see caco-
><http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=caco-&allowed_in_frame=0>) + -exia,
>related to exis "habit or state," from exein "to have, be in a condition,"
>from PIE root *segh- "to hold, hold in one's power, to have" (see scheme
><http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=scheme&allowed_in_frame=0> (n.)).
>Related: cachexic.
>Good "cach", Doug.
>On Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net> wrote:
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> > Subject:      Re: "kick kicksey" -- a disease unknown (and not in the OED)
> >               today?
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> > "Cachexia"/"cachexy"?

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