Humorous disease names

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 5 00:25:18 UTC 2008

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I do think medical names are often miscommunicative when simple English names should do.

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> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 14:02:49 -0700
> From: zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
> Subject: Re: Humorous disease names
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: "Arnold M. Zwicky"
> Subject: Re: Humorous disease names
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> On Jun 4, 2008, at 1:39 PM, Jim Parish wrote:
>> 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.
> 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."
> [disgusting description of the Todal follows]
> arnold
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