Have you ever heard folks use nonsense words to describe their sickness?
I’ve heard folks in my area of Appalachia use the following nonsense words to describe their illness:
- creeping crud
- the crud
- a bug
- feeling puny
Although not as common, I’ve also heard folks say they had the:
- hydrophobie (Pap used this one in a kidding way when he was sick-of course he knew he didn’t actually have hydrophobia but he sure felt like he might)
One of my friends loves our Appalachian language as much as I do. I told her I was planning a post about nonsense sickness words and she asked her mother and mother-n-law if they knew any. Both ladies live in the Shooting Creek area of Clay County NC. They had some really unique ones.
- palpeetus of the punk
- diabetes of the blow hole
- membrens croup (this was an infant illness)
When I was young and someone had diabetes folks called it sugar. For example: “No honey she can’t have no candy she has sugar and that means she can’t eat any candy.
I’ve also heard folks who have arthritis say they had the arthur.
Here’s a few sickness related words from the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English:
- dauncy (sickly or frail)
- the flux (diarrhea)
- phthisic (asthma or a bad cold)
- weak trembles
Hope you’ll leave a comment and add to my list of unusual words used for sickness.