Humorous disease names

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Wed Jun 4 21:49:22 UTC 2008

I wrote:
> I recall a reference to "slitting someone from guzzle to zorch" in
> one of Piers Anthony's Xanth novels.

Arnold Zwicky replied:
> you might be sort-of-remembering the threat of the Cold Duke of Coffin
> Castle in James Thurber's The 13 Clocks (1957):
> "And if I fail?" asked Zorn.
> The Duke removed his sword from the sword-cane and ran his glove along
> the blade. "I'll slit you from your guggle to your zatch, and feed you
> to the Todal."

It's possible - I've certainly read a lot of Thurber - but "guzzle to zorch"
is what I remember.

Thinking about it, Anthony's _Castle Roogna_ seems like the strongest

Jim Parish

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