A venereal disease.
- ‘In the past 20 years, the number of people contracting social diseases has increased rapidly in China.’
- ‘If our story points the way to a commonsense solution… and saves one girl from unwed motherhood… or one boy from the ravages of social disease… it will have been well told!’
- ‘Self-exiled to the Marquesas archipelago, after a burst of profound creativity, he expired miserably in 1903 from the effects of social diseases and more-than-social drinking.’
- ‘Sadly, actual sex may not produce the same effect because it exposes you to social diseases that may increase the risk of a problematic prostate.’
- ‘They spread their social diseases with careless aggression.’
- ‘All you have to do with this social custom is to grab the other person first and make kissy-kissy noises beside their ear, while muttering, ‘Don't get too close to me, I've got a social disease.’’
- ‘A major cookie manufacturer reported catastrophic third-quarter earnings after a model carrying a plug for its line of products died of a social disease.’
social disease/ˈsōSHəl dəˈzēz/
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.