[Ads-l] Pills, excrescent <-s> in nicknames addendum (UNCLASSIFIED)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 10 11:10:46 UTC 2015


My wife still calls drip-like people "pills."

JL

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 9:55 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

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> <pillbox> (a nuisance child, spoiled brat). A nickname/epithet my mother
> used for my sister Susan. Intensive form of <pill> (id.) <What a pillbox!>
>  <You are such a pill!>
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