*Ahem, achhehhm*

20 Mar

catarrh – excessive mucus in the nose and throat

Classical Usage:  The chances of being seen while standing on the pillory in the middle of the night in 17th century Boston were slim.  Not very many people were making late night Taco Bell runs, in fact Hawthorne tell us, “The minister might stand there, if it so pleased him, until morning should redden in the east, without other risk than that the dank and chill night air would creep into his frame, and stiffen his joints with rheumatisms, and clog his throat with catarrh and cough; . . . “

Classically Mad Usage:  When Susan Wise Bauer asks us in the WEM if we can sympathize with the main characters this passage comes to mind.  Boy-howdy, I can really feel poor Arthur’s pain here.  Sometimes I wake up with a lot of catarrh in my throat as well.  It’s nasty business.  I’d recommend a nice steamy shower.


Posted by on March 20, 2012 in The Blog


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6 responses to “*Ahem, achhehhm*

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    March 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I had forgotten about “catarrh”. Poor Arthur! A tremulous mouth AND a throat full of catarrh!

    Spring allergies have me empathizing as well. A hot cup of tea helps too.

    • Christina Joy

      March 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Such a studmuffin.

      • Adriana @ Classical Quest

        March 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

        Yeah, he could have been on the cover of People Magazine for sure.

  2. Cheryl

    March 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I am reminded of the song “No Time At All” sung by Irene Ryan (Beverly Hillbillies’ Granny) in the original Broadway production of “Pippin.” Listen to the opening (and the rest of the song, too!):

    Side note (from Wikipedia): In April 1973, Ryan suffered a stroke during a performance of Pippin. Four days after being nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as “Granny” in Pippin, after performing at the Saturday matinee, Ryan flew home to California. She was hospitalized two days later and operated on for a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. She reportedly was never apprised of the tumor. She died four weeks later, on April 26, 1973 in Santa Monica, California, aged 70.

    How’s that for getting your blog completely off topic?

    • Christina Joy

      March 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      This is fantastic. I will listen to the opening lines 20 times until learned by heart so that I will never, no never, no never forget catarrh or Irene Ryan.

      • Cheryl

        March 21, 2012 at 10:42 am



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