ill

ill
   1. menstrual
   Common female usage:
    'When were you ill last?' 'About a fortnight ago,' she replied. (F. Harris, 1925)
    Mrs Pepys was ill of those: Thence home and my wife ill of those upon the maid's bed. (Pepys, 1669)
   2.
   suffering from a taboo disease
   Either a venereal disease or AIDS:
    The poor girl may not even have known she was ill. (F. Harris, 1925 — a prostitute had syphilis)
    'How can you be sure that Etienne knew Eric was ill?' '... you do love euphemisms, don't you?' (P. D. James, 1994 — Eric was infected with the AIDS virus)
   3. drunk
   The symptoms of drunkenness can be identical with those of various illnesses:
    'Roddy felt ill.' 'Ill,' said Jerry. 'Drunk, you mean.' (Deighton, 1988)
   4. mentally unwell
   Now probably obsolete, with our better understanding of mental sickness. Also as illadjusted:
    She had some art treasures which she heaped upon me when she was what we will politely call 'ill', but claimed back again the moment she was well. (Coren, 1995, quoting Dr Conan Doyle writing about a patient)
    We aren't here to provide a haven for the ill-adjusted. (Bradbury, 1959)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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