Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Decumbiture - Off to Bed

A painting of a woman lying in bed
Convalescent
Eva Bonnier (1857-1909)

DECUMBITURE

Noun. Now rare or obsolete. Mid-17th century.
[Irregular from Latin decumbere.]

1 The act or time of taking to one's bed in an illness;
ASTROLOGY a horoscope made for the time at which this happens, affording prognostication of the outcome. M17

2 Lying down, specifically as an invalid in bed. L17

As someone that is regularly compelled to take to his bed, I have decided to refer to these sojourns as my decumbitures.

It just sounds so much more voluntary.

Do please leave your most convalescent comments in the box below.

3 comments:

  1. Much more dignified and important, Eddie.

    May your decumbitures be transitory and infrequent.

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  2. There are two Latin words which appear to have the same meaning - decumbere and recombere. From the latter we get recumbent which is better known today. e.g. recumbent bicycle.

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