English disease


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English disease

A generic term for any of a number of conditions which are said to occur more commonly in the English.

English diseases
• Depression
• Football (soccer) hooliganism
• Hypochondriasis  
• Rickets  
• Syphilis
• Sweating sickness (sudor anglicus)
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Syphilis was known as the English Disease and Southwark's side of the Thames was a huge red-light district, its prostitutes know as Winchester Geese because bath-house (massage parlours) and stews (brothels) paid rent to the Archbishop of Winchester, whose diocese owned the land.
It's the English Disease laid bare: The anointing of a Messiah without whom this country will never reach The Promised Land.
But, perhaps mindful of the old English disease of letting one win get to their heads, skipper Steven Gerrard is singing from the same hymn sheet as 'Lamps' and gearing up his troops for a big battle in two days' time.
Where hooliganism was once described as the English disease, we now set an example for others to follow.
This is not to contract the English disease of getting carried away in the pre-tournament build-up and resort to the thumping of the tub.
The co-author of Football Hooliganism: Policing And The War On The English Disease said: "The orders would apply to all matches in England and Wales but not Scotland.
Although the English Disease can apparently be traced back to the Middle Ages, when Edward II banned football because he believed the disorder surrounding matches might lead to social unrest or even treason, it has somehow seeped into international social groups causing so much trouble.
It seems to be the English disease to diminish our best, lest anyone should think we are arrogant," he says.
Even the most sceptical observers of our Assembly must recognise its principled stand, and will pray that it remains true to the ethos of the NHS in Wales, avoiding that dread English disease of privatisation.
That kind of wanton hooliganism is an English disease.
Other sources identify syphilis as the English disease.
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