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Lurgy

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...the possibility that Zacharias Smith, who had so far failed to maintain possession of the Quaffle for longer than a minute, was suffering from something called "Loser's Lurgy"
(HBP19)

Definition

Usually referred to in the phrase “the dreaded lurgy” but which has come to mean any unspecified minor illness. The term comes from a (non-existent) highly infectious disease frequently referred to in the British 1950s – 1960s radio comedy series the Goon Show (NSOED).

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