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to hate the word "poorly"??

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allgonebellyup · 15/05/2007 14:26

Just hate it. Its not a real word, its a made up one. Whats wrong with saying "ill"?

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scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:29

Poorly is a great word ! I loathe "sick" and "ill" - far too brash - feeling poorly is an institution !

fryalot · 15/05/2007 14:30

I would rather be poorly than ill.

If I'm ill, I'm at death's door and need a hospital bed urgently, if I'm sick, I can't keep away from the toilet, but if I'm poorly, then I'm a bit under the weather

allgonebellyup · 15/05/2007 14:30

its like ickle baby talk .Yuk.
Mustnt use real words with children, must we?!

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scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:30

Precisely squonk !!

scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:31

Who's talking to children ??

Twiglett · 15/05/2007 14:32

Poorly IS a real word

check your OED

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katelyle · 15/05/2007 14:33

I irrationally hate it too, but in our family it has a very specific meaning. Feeling sick means about to throw up, feeling ill means properly ill with a temperature, and feeling poorly means feeling sad and tired and in need of a nest on the bean bag, the special poorly rug, probably a mug of warm milk with a drop of vanilla in it and a digestive biscuit and a chapter of the Hobbit, or The Box of Delights or any of the shelf full of old fashioned books that they really hate but humour my desire for them to like by allowing me to read aloud in very specific circumstances.

mosschops30 · 15/05/2007 14:33

Its in the dictionary allgonebellyup so it is an actual word

Yes u r being unreasonable

MrsDiorKeanuReeves · 15/05/2007 14:33

I say 'poorly' - agree that it just means a little under the weather. I hate 'I'm sick'.

MuminBrum · 15/05/2007 14:33

I think it might be regional - the word poorly is used far more where I live now than where I grew up.

mosschops30 · 15/05/2007 14:33

X posts twig

Aloha · 15/05/2007 14:34

It's not made up. I like it.

scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:34

That sounds nice katelyle - I'm still a bit poorly - can I come round and go on the beanbag PLEAAAAAASE ??

J20BABY · 15/05/2007 14:34

i don't hate it, but i hate being it, i felt poorly last week

allgonebellyup · 15/05/2007 14:34

ok, where is it used most, region wise?
is it a northern thing?

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katelyle · 15/05/2007 14:35

Of course you can scatterbrain - the Hobbit, the Box of Delights, Little Women or What Katy Did?

rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 14:35

Too true ... as in 'mustnt' not being a real word either

Poorly is a great word. It says what it means to say. To say you feel ILL suggests that you need urgent medical assistance. Hypochondriacs like this word. To say SICK suggests that you're about to vomit. But to say POORLY suggests that you're feeling a bit under the weather.

scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:36

Don't know - I'm from the South and everyone I know uses it - including several Northerners I have to say ! Also Scottish friend uses it !

allgonebellyup · 15/05/2007 14:36

oh ok

i see im outnumbered

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