WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Christmas Compliments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Colder temperatures drive us indoors, and holiday celebrations drive us into closer contact over bowls of dip and platters of cookies. We take trips to crowded malls, fly in crowded planes, and visit crowded homes of relatives.

So it’s also a good time to remember to wash your hands, cough into your arm, and get plenty of rest and healthy exercise. And keep your germs to yourself 🙂

Miseries of Traveling, 1807, Thomas Rowlandson

Miseries of Traveling, 1807, Thomas Rowlandson

Christmas Compliments (noun)

A cough, kibed heels (cracked with cold), and a snotty nose.

Miseries of Human Life Introductory Dialogue, 1808, Thomas Rowlandson. A man in bed with an illness is confined to a room crowded with his large family hovering over him and women busy with washing and cooking. The caption reads: "Sickness befriends temperance, by the simplicity of diet which it introduces -- it wards off the varied injuries of the open air, by requiring the party to inhale a thousand times over the cherishing squabble and safely [treasured?] atmosphere of a chamber." Courtesy George Glazer Gallery.

Miseries of Human Life Introductory Dialogue, 1808, Thomas Rowlandson. A man in bed with an illness is confined to a room crowded with his large family hovering over him and women busy with washing and cooking. The caption reads: “Sickness befriends temperance, by the simplicity of diet which it introduces — it wards off the varied injuries of the open air, by requiring the party to inhale a thousand times over the cherishing squabble and safely [treasured?] atmosphere of a chamber.” Image courtesy George Glazer Gallery.

 

Slang definition taken from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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