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  • "...and a surprising crop of boils, disturbingly like the Aleppo button, had broken out in Surprise..."

    —P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 96

    "A disease, also known as oriental sore, endemic in parts of Asia and Africa and caused by infection with Leishmania tropica, a parasite transported by sand flies. Various regional synonyms are used for the disease, for example, Bagdad boil, Delhi boil, Biskra button, and many others." (A Sea of Words, 82)

    March 21, 2008

  • Lovely citation c_b. And here was me guessing it was something lying at the bottom of the Marx Brothers' costume trunk ;-)

    March 21, 2008

  • Eeew.

    March 21, 2008

  • Yeah, I don't think I ever had this disease, but I do remember getting bit ALL FREAKIN' OVER by sand fleas (not sand flies, and not in the Middle East or Far East). That was somewhat less than enjoyable.

    March 21, 2008

  • Much worse than it sounds. Oh, reesetee...?

    October 13, 2008

  • You called?

    October 14, 2008

  • I just wondered if you needed any necrotizing fasciitis, or some Aleppo button.

    October 14, 2008

  • Is this a feature of Wordie PRO!?

    October 14, 2008

  • Uhm . . . no, I think I can do without both of them. But hey, thanks for the offer!

    *smiles brightly, looks sideways at c_b*

    October 14, 2008