Thursday, February 25, 2010


I was fascinated, by the way, to discover the etymology of the word lurgi or lurgy.  It was apparently invented out of whole cloth by The Goon Show for their episode "The Lurgi Strikes Britain", and has been adopted to describe a non-specific but often nasty illness.
This led to a very pleasant half hour exploring the wikipedia page for The Goon Show, accompanied by reminiscences of hearing occasional episodes of the show on the radio when I was very young.

Yours, still inspired to say "Hello, Eccles!" in a silly voice on occasion,

1 comment:

Cornish Dreamer said...

I always find it fascinating where words come from. The "dreaded" lurgy, huh? An interesting little fact. :-)