- the English disease
- 1. male homosexuality A usage not often heard in England: We call this thing a disease and sometimes the English disease. (Burgess, 1980 — a New Yorker was talking about male homosexuality)2. a propensity to go on strikeThis time the phrase was used both at home and abroad.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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