Word Nerd

A fact of the day for your lunchtime (while I’m working on an article)…

As a collector of useless information, I’m a great team player when it comes to a pub quiz or a general knowledge round. In the interest of learning something new each day, here are the technical names for some common ailments that have earned me admiring glances from friends, and/or a free pint.

  • Having a runny nose is to have ‘rhinorrhoea’ (rye-nor-ree-ah)
  • A nosebleed is ‘epistaxis’ (ep-ee-stack-sis)
  • A cough is ‘tussis’ (too-sis)
  • A headache is ‘cephalalgia’ (sef-ah-lal-gee-uh)

Use wisely!


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