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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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GColdtimer · 15/05/2007 14:51

No, not a northern thing, we use it down south too (see below from dictionary proof).


  1. in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly.

2. in poor health; somewhat ill: I hear she's been poorly.
[Origin: 1250?1300; ME pourely. See poor, -ly] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

And it's sofa in our house.
rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 14:51

SOFA sounds like an acronym for a sexually transmitted disease.

scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:52

Are we living in parallel universes maybe ?

Spidermama · 15/05/2007 14:52

It sounds even worse said in a northern accent with its three syllables.

'Poo-wer-lee'. Eurch! Stop it.

Aloha · 15/05/2007 14:53

What Northern accent are you trying there SPidermama? Not one I recognize!

Aloha · 15/05/2007 14:54

It is a perfectly valid word that has been used for at least 150 years, probably longer.

scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:54

Sounds like Leeds to me !

allgonebellyup · 15/05/2007 14:55

just Yuk.

Will be peed off if my children ever say "poorly".

they dont even know what it means!

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Spidermama · 15/05/2007 14:55

It was indeed Leeds. Well done Scatter. You have quite an ear.

scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 14:56

Thank you !!!

Astrophe · 15/05/2007 14:58

I don't like it but it makes me laugh. It sounds like baby talk to me.

Once at school in Australia, a little English girl joined my class and said in her posh (we thought) voice "Miss, I feel poorly", and we all POSL. Which was very mean of course (we were 6 and 7 year olds, in our defence), but I always think of that little girl when I hear someone say it.

Even more annoying (to me - obv not everyone agrees!) is
"I have a poorly cough"
"DD is poorly sick"
"DS has a poorly sore knee"


scatterbrain · 15/05/2007 15:01

Ah yes - poorly sick is just too twee ! I do agree that that is no good - but good old "Poorly" is what it says on the tin !

fryalot · 15/05/2007 15:08

well, I think we can all agree that "poorly sick" is just STOOOPID

TootyFrooty · 15/05/2007 15:09

I hate the word belly. Makes me cringe.

rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 15:11

I don't like belly either! It would be impossible to have a belly unless it was bloated and hairy.

Although I don't mind belly-button. What else would you call it?

TootyFrooty · 15/05/2007 15:12

Tummy button of course.

AitchTwoOh · 15/05/2007 15:16

hate belly. so coarse.

TootyFrooty · 15/05/2007 15:17

And tewibly common

rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 15:19

But the word I hate most of all is vagina. Why do blokes get willy/cock/knob/bollocks ... all pleasant, cheerful words, and we get vagina.

AitchTwoOh · 15/05/2007 15:21

pronounce it long and sexily, like a latina woman... vahg-eeeeeeena. better?

TootyFrooty · 15/05/2007 15:22

Careful rabble - you'll start up that old argument about "frou frou" versus "vulva".

And don't forget we have "fanjo"

rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 15:25

Ah yes, I feel better now, Tooty.

rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 15:26

'You say vah-geeeeeeena, and I say vagina'

UCM · 15/05/2007 15:27

Ok I am not going to read the whole thread but how the hell did something start out as not liking the word poorly turning into vulvas & vageeeeeeeeeeeeeena (aitch)

rabbleraiser · 15/05/2007 15:36

Ah, UCM again!! Somewhere in the middle we also touched upon settees v sofas, now we're on fanjos.

I must 'fess up. It was me who started the fanny thing.

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