[Ads-l] "French pox" in the OED?

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Fri Nov 20 01:49:59 UTC 2015


The citations under the separate sense at S2 appear to mostly be from medical sources. Perhaps the editors were distinguishing medical jargon from slang?



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Subject: "French pox" in the OED?

Why does the OED have (under "French adj. and n.") "4. In names given to venereal diseases, esp. syphilis" and separately (under S2) "French pox"?

Joel

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