I have the dreaded lurgy*………. You know I’m really sick when I’m heading into the 3rd evening of no wine! (not to mention I’ve just had my second day off work – it’s usually broken bones that keep me away from the office).
*Lurgy is thought to have originated on an episode of The Goon Show “Lurgi Strikes Britain” of 9th November 1954. For Goon Show fans the episode script is here:
There’s also been a suggestion that it’s a contraction/corruption of allergy but lurgy rhymes with Fergie so I prefer to go with it being an invention of the Goons.
Although it is commonly heard in Australia, when I mentioned on Wednesday to a number of people in the office that I thought I was coming down with a lurgy I got very vague looks.