Verboticism: Dishporia

Dishporia

lordelph

Created by: lordelph

Definition: v. To be physically overcome by a sudden illness, disability, or even death when asked to participate in unrewarding activities -- like work, or household chores. n. A person who gets sick when asked to work.

Pronunciation: dish-*pore*-ree-ah

Sentence: I'm afraid your husband has uncurable dishporia

Etymology: In the middle ages, the dish-poor were peasants flogged for failing to complete chores assigned by the lord of the manor. The Victorians contracted this to dishpor, with Charles Dickens popularising the use of "dishporia" in The Pickwick Papers.

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