Lurgy meaning

(UK, slang) A fictitious, highly infectious disease; often used in the phrase "the dreaded lurgi", sometimes as a reference to flu-like symptoms.
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Origin of lurgy

  • that it is a corruption and contraction of the allergy. This is not supported by the use of the hard 'g' in lurgi (rhyming with Fergie), as allergy has a softer 'g' sound similar to a hard 'j'.

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  • that it is based on the Northern English dialectic phrase fever-lurgy (“lazy or idle”).

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