Humorous disease names

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Wed Jun 4 19:09:56 UTC 2008

I had a friend in high school (1954-1958)  and college (1958ff.) who when asked what was wrong with, say, someone we knew who was sick, would humorously respond: "Complications of the zorch." He was the only person I ever heard use the term "zorch", and it was only in this context.  We both understood it as a nonexistent internal organ.

Gerald Cohen


From: Mark Peters, Tue 6/3/2008 11:33 AM

I'm looking for words like horrendoplasty: medical-ish words for real or imaginary conditions.

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