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flu

noun;
euphemism for the next-day sickness with flu-like symptoms one has after a night of heavy drinking I first heard this word when my best friend’s older sister told her mom that she had the “flu,” but little did I know that this was their code word for her being hung-over to the point of throwing up and lying in bed all day. From that day on I have heard it used only occasionally. It is an euphemism for being hung-over because from its context an outsider does not know that a sickness with flu-like symptoms came from drinking too much alcohol.
 
Mom, I cannot go to church today because I have the flu.
Etymology : From influenza or flu: sickness associated with high fever, weakness, and vomitting
Source : friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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