[Ads-l] "the trots (a British colloquialism for diarrhea)"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Mar 18 00:21:36 UTC 2015


It doesn't seem wrong to me. I definitely recall my grandmother saying 
"the runs" and "the trots" seems vaguely familiar, too.

In any case, there plenty of hits on Google Books for "had the trots." 
At least one that is definitely by an American is "A New Song" by Jan 
Karon: http://bit.ly/1BObN77.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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> Wilson Gray <mailto:hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> March 17, 2015 at 12:18 PM
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> Subject: "the trots (a British colloquialism for diarrhea)"
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> - Kenan Malik in the NYT
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> Isn't "trots" used in the relevant meaning not only here, but also pretty
> much anywhere else that English is spoken?
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