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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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ShinyHappyPeopleHoldingHands · 15/05/2007 17:50

Poorly is fine. People who "hate" the use of words they prefer not to use (so? Don't then!) are not fine.

allgonebellyup · 15/05/2007 17:51

ok, i dont mean hate, i mean dislike

is that ok?

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LadyMacbeth · 15/05/2007 17:58

Don't like the word poorly it's a wussy word . I don't like settee either.

ntsmum · 15/05/2007 17:59

According to the book 'Watching the English' the 'seven deadly sins' that may betray your working class status are the use of the words - pardon, toilet, serviette, dinner (at lunch time), settee, lounge, and sweet (instead of pudding). So now we know!

bossykate · 15/05/2007 18:08

as mrs middleton found to kate's loss.

saltire · 15/05/2007 18:17

Where I'm from people will say "I'm no weel".

paulaplumpbottom · 15/05/2007 18:26

I doubt Kate was dumped because her mom didn't speak just so.

MaloryTowers · 15/05/2007 18:27

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DragonFaerie · 15/05/2007 18:30

allgonebellyup, haven't read the whole thread, but I hate it too , always have, and yet I do find myself using it sometimes since it does somehow sound less dramatic and desperate than 'ill', which is too much to describe my DC when they have nothing more than a slight fever with a heavy cold for example.
My, what an entirely humourless post I've just written...

Saggarmakersbottomknocker · 15/05/2007 18:48

We use poorly. Well, more like MT's poo-lee.

Ranging in severity.....

Proper poorly

beckybrastraps · 15/05/2007 19:02

See, I love the word settee. It sounds so comfy. Sofa sounds, well, a bit 'interiors' to me. A settee is definitely comfier than a sofa. Possibly a bit more saggy and well-used as well. And definitely not made out of black leather.

bobsmum · 15/05/2007 19:19

I'm wih Aimsmum on this one. I'm from Glasgow and grew up only ever hearing "poorly" on the TV, but of course the way it was pronouced "Paaaaawly" so I wasn't actually sure what it was supposed to mean.

I don't like it either and had never thought anyone else would feel strongly about it- - so thank you AGBU .

MrsMuddle · 15/05/2007 19:32

Bobsmum, I remember my mum taking me to the GP and telling her I was "wabbit". She was English and had no idea what that meant. She asked if I was juts a bit "paaaaaawly" and my mum had no idea what she meant! I've never actually heard anyone say it in real life (apart from that GP obviously).

AitchTwoOh · 15/05/2007 20:11

i use wabbit, means the same as peaky in my book.

MeAndMyMonkey · 15/05/2007 20:21

Not a huge great big fan of 'poorly', but hearing Peter Rabbit used it makes it that tiny bit more comforting.

For me it's always 'ill' - guess I am a hypochondriac .

Sick is always used as a precursor for vomit in my family. (sorry if TMI).

And settee is just wrong, it's got to be sofa.

MrsWho · 15/05/2007 20:24

No to poorly /Paawwaly
yes to settee
yes to ain't
no to tummy

was that all?

melpomene · 15/05/2007 20:35

I recently overheard dd1 playing doctors with her best friend:

DD1: I'm feeling poorly.
Friend: What kind of poorliness have you got?

TinyGang · 15/05/2007 20:38

I don't use it.

When I was a youngster (and dinosaurs roamed the earth) I had to be at deaths door before it was admitted I was unwell, let alone have time off school. I was off school about twice I think. I am slightly less hard on my own

'Poorly' sounds a bit wet and drippy.

ScaryHairy · 15/05/2007 20:39

I like the word "poorly".
It is useful for describing Manflu.
"Oh dear XX is poorly bad." (said in whiny voice for maximum sarcastic effect)

Surfermum · 15/05/2007 20:46

When dd (4) has a cut or a graze somewhere she points to it as says "look I've got a poorly".

When I'm poorly I lie on the settee. But if I can redeem myself in the posh or not stakes, it's tummy not belly and bottom not bum.

bobsmum · 15/05/2007 21:42

I am introducing "Wabbit" back into my vocab after 5 years in exile in the SE where I had to speak English as a second language

AitchTwoOh · 15/05/2007 21:43

and peallywally, bobsmum, don't forget that...

MerryMarigold · 15/05/2007 21:44

i wouldn't use 'poorly'. agree 'ill' is really bad and 'scik' means puking but you can always say 'not feeling well' and i may even stretch to 'under the weather!' (whatever that means). But poorly to me is a word you have to have been brought up using as a child, and we never had it in our family.

Dottydot · 15/05/2007 21:45

I love the word poorly. Dp is an emetophobe and I use the word "poorly" as a gentle way of letting her know the boys have/are just about to throw up, so she can get out of the way! It's also such a gentle word that it's nice to use with ds's when they're feeling... poorly!

bobsmum · 15/05/2007 21:48

And peelly wally

and fankle/pish/steamin/howfin/napper etc etc

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