One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her husband was away visiting his ailing mother’
ill, unwell, not well, sick, sickly, poorly, weak, indisposed, in bad health, in poor health, infirm, debilitated, delicate, off colour
dying, at death's door
informal under the weather, below par, laid up
vulgar slang crappy
2‘a government programme to rescue the country's ailing economy’
failing, in poor condition, weak, poor, inadequate, deficient, imperfect, substandard, flawed
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