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Wondering what "lagalurghy" means?


#1

Hi,
I’m curious about what “lagalurgy” means (and how badly I’ve butchered the spelling)?

There’s a Welsh guy on YouTube who uses it as a way of referencing the current pandemic without triggering YouTube’s filters.
Since my spelling no doubt has little resemblance to the correct spelling Google has been no help.


#2

Can you link it so we can hear him? Might help us?


#3

10:38

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#5

That’s so interesting @siaronjames. Lurgy is a word my dad uses for a short term, unspecified illness, a cold, the flu, too much time in the bathroom. Lagalurgy is a new word to me. It’s common to give a word a new name so as to evade censorship or the gods of misfortune. The Big C, instead of cancer. In China they might use a character that looks similar to the one they are really talking about.


#6

I don’t know whether they invented it, or whether it was Forces slang during the Second World War, but the Goon Show used the word “lurgy” a lot. If I remember correctly, it was “The dreaded lurgy”. It’s been a slang term for illness since then, though probably dropped out of use amongst the young.


#7

Indeed!
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lurgy


#8

We still use “lurgy” up my way… but then whether I still qualify as young is probably not for me to say


#9

“Lurgy” or not - if you’re learning a new language, you’re still young!