One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various diseases or conditions thought to be prevalent in England, especially rickets. Frequently with the. Compare "English sickness". Now historical.
2Any of various supposed disorders of the English economy, society, or foreign policy.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From English + disease.
English disease/ˈɪŋ(ɡ)lɪʃ dɪˌziːz/
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