No, I am not sick as a dog, but I needed something to write about and this seemed a good as any other topic. Before modern medicine was established, astrologers explained all kinds of epidemics as the influence of the stars. Our word for flu is derived from the Italian word for ‘influence’, which means ‘to flow into’ and this originated in Italy in 1743. This became known as the Spanish flu, because that is where people believed that it started. Others think that this etymology is wrong and the word influenza actually stems from a corruption of the Arabic word ‘anfalanza’, as ‘anf’ in Arabic means nose and ‘Al-anza’ means the goat. A coughing, drooling, nose-dripping goat is said to have ‘anfalanza. Maybe we should be saying sick as a goat instead of sick as a dog.
Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday – January 31 prompt.