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  • n. A fictitious, highly infectious disease; often used in the phrase "the dreaded lurgi", sometimes as a reference to flu-like symptoms


A nonce word popularized by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes, scriptwriters for a 9 November 1954 programme of The Goon Show, "Lurgi Strikes Britain", in which Ned Seagoon must deal with a national outbreak of a highly dangerous, highly infectious and — as it turns out — highly fictitious disease known as the Dreaded Lurgi. Folk etymologies for this word include: (Wiktionary)



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  • Also lurghee

    January 18, 2016

  • When ailments are all in your head
    Faith healing may cure what you dread,
    But efforts of clergy
    Could drive out your lurgy
    And give you marthambles instead.

    January 16, 2016

  • Tends to be dreaded.

    December 20, 2007