For the second installment of our Fun, Weird Words, I thought I’d share…
Hum Durgeon — an imaginary illness, from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Frobly-mobly — feeling neither well nor unwell, from the 18th Century. The modern version, I think, would be “meh”
And my personal favorite (if only I could remember it so early in the morning) is:
Dysania — extreme difficulty getting out of bed (especially in the morning), from the early 1900’s
After recently coming across the 13th century term “forswunk” on the “British Medieval History” Facebook page, and sharing its delightful meaning with coworkers (“exhausted from too much work. To be ‘foreswunk’ is to be exhausted before you even begin”), we decided to share this and other fun, weird, and wonky work- or medically-relevant words with our wider readership. Here are a couple to go along with ‘foreswunk’:
Fudgel (18th C): the act of giving the impression of working, but actually doing nothing.
Perendinate (19th C): to put off, specifically until the day-after-tomorrow.