Humorous disease names

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Wed Jun 4 22:16:35 UTC 2008

Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> Google Book Search finds it in Poul Anderson's _Satan's World_ ("No
> matter what we Solar Spicers may be guilty of, police going to
> investigate you from guzzle to zorch") and more recently in Joel
> Rosenberg's _Not Exactly the Three Musketeers_ ("You don't have to
> deal with hairy, smelly strangers who want to slit you from guzzle to
> zorch and back again").

Now we're getting somewhere. I have, and have read, both of those
books. The Rosenberg I found unmemorable, but I just reread _Satan's
World_ within the last few months. That's the likeliest source, I think.

Jim Parish

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