Humorous disease names

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Wed Jun 4 20:39:37 UTC 2008

Gerald Cohen wrote:
> 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.

I recall a reference to "slitting someone from guzzle to zorch" in one of
Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. (I no longer have any of them, so can't
verify, much less identify which one.)

Jim Parish

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