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the sugar

noun;
Slang for diabetes
 
From the belief that sugar causes diabetes; it just takes "the disease caused by sugar" to be another meaning of "sugar." This shows a metonymic semantic change as "diabetes" is substituted for "sugar," which is known to exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes. It is exclusively used with "the."
Etymology : Sugar from Old French sucre; the from Old English þe
Source : "We don't even call it diabetes. We call it the sugar." (Youtube upload of comedian Lavell Crawford 12/12/2011)
Last modified: 12 December 2013


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