Grammatica

the N

The 'measles' group

These nouns refer to illnesses or other unpleasant states. We include here blues, which refers to a state of depression, giggles, which refers to uncontrollable laughter, and jitters, which refers to a state of extreme nervousness. (Croup, flu, hiccups, measles, and plague are also often used with no determiner.) Some of these are plural nouns: see Section 6, meaning group 9.
She had to wipe the tears away, still laughing, then got the hiccups.
When, at six, he had the measles, she sat a week with him in a dark room.
He'd got a bad attack of the shakes.
  • blues
  • collywobbles
  • common cold
  • croup
  • DT's
  • flu
  • giggles
  • heebie-jeebies
  • hiccups
  • jitters
  • measles
  • plague
  • pox
  • runs
  • shakes
  • shits
  • sniffles
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