Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Decumbiture - Off to Bed

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


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.


  1. Much more dignified and important, Eddie.

    May your decumbitures be transitory and infrequent.

  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.