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Word Wise Again

sickness / illness / disease / malady / ailment / indisposition
SICKNESS is the common, everyday word.  ILLNESS is a more formal word and is often attached to more serious sicknesses. 
Though in its origin, DISEASE meant any deviation from a state of ease, it now designates an organic deviation involving structural change, serious, active, prolonged and deep-rooted.
A MALADY is a lingering, chronic disease, usually painful and often fatal.
AILMENT is often used lightly to describe some minor affliction, but it may also be used of something more serious, especially when the exact nature of the sicknes is not known to the speaker.
INDISPOSITION is a rather ponderous euphemism for sickness.  It is often preceded by slight and is never used of a serious sickness.
from A Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage (Random House, 8th Printing 1957) by Bergen Evans and Cornelia Evans

posted on Aug 7, 2013 12:51 PM ()


so,that it is.I am mess/Been saying this all along.
comment by fredo on Aug 8, 2013 1:11 PM ()
"Are you sick of being sick?" was an ad that was out there 50 years ago. They should bring it back. I think the remedy was an elixir. I want to get some for my kitty.
comment by tealstar on Aug 8, 2013 5:55 AM ()
Wasn't that one of those potions that was supposed to be a panacea for whatever ailed you... from croup to cancer?
reply by steeve on Aug 8, 2013 9:16 AM ()
I just stick my nose in a book and forget all about my indisposition. Even a cookbook will do it.
comment by elderjane on Aug 7, 2013 4:26 PM ()
When I'm feeling indisposed and a little cranky, I lie under the porch until the feeling passes.
comment by troutbend on Aug 7, 2013 2:05 PM ()
That must be the same reason that redneck dogs do that...
reply by steeve on Aug 7, 2013 2:35 PM ()
are you messing with my mindlove hobbie comment.
comment by fredo on Aug 7, 2013 1:09 PM ()
Your mind is enough of a mess, Fredo, without me doing anything.
reply by steeve on Aug 7, 2013 1:14 PM ()
My daDDy been 'indisposed' many many times.
comment by hobbie on Aug 7, 2013 1:04 PM ()
Be happy you're not a human, Hobster.
reply by steeve on Aug 7, 2013 1:13 PM ()

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