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Millness

noun; blending
A slight illness hugely exaggerated by a man. Millness refers to a hyperbolic injury or ailment that a man might invent to impress others, or to seem manlier. Examples are a slight cough exaggerated to a deadly influenza virus, or a stubbed toe to a broken foot. The blend here is vaguely aural, and works better in British English, where “male” said fast sounds fairly similar to “ill”. Millness might even be a pun on maleness, as a man who claims millnesses is hardly the epitome of maleness. There are a few neologisms involving men that portray them as vain creatures, or taking on traditional female roles (see manorexic, manlimony, metrosexual, manscape). Perhaps this is a product of the popularity of homosexuality in popular culture.
 
He cancelled and blamed it on a millness.
Etymology : millness. Blending of m(ale) x illness.
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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