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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
A disease puts us at dis ease. No one looks forward to being a patient (Latin pati: to endure/suffer), but no one is immune. Young, old, rich, poor, black, or white. To be healed is to be back to being whole, literally speaking.
Illness is common. It's a sign of our familiarity with the diseases that words relating to them have entered the language as metaphors. We use them in a non-medical context.
This week we'll see five terms that relate to diseases. But don't worry. Words are not fomites. You can't catch anything from these words.
1. Ridiculously small or bad.
2. Infected with measles.
Initially, the word measly was used to describe a pig infected with measles, which is probably derived from Middle Dutch masel (blemish) and its spelling influenced by Middle English mesel (leprous, leprosy). Earliest documented use: 1598.
"This summer inmates in Argentina decided they would no longer accept measly payment for the jobs they do in prison."
Gilding the Cage; The Economist (London, UK); Aug 17, 2013.
See more usage examples of measly in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, US general and 34th president (1890-1969)