Myth: That in Australian usage flu = influenza.
I disagree with the prevailing cold versus flu opinion in this thread.
I think the majority Australian language and attitude has evolved so that a bad cold is now "the flu", and that influenza must be stated in full and not abbreviated to flu. I don't think any amount of education is going to reach those who say "the flu" for a cold, so it's up to the intelligent minority to adapt.
In a similar vein, "the dreaded lurgy" (one of my mother's favourite ailments) is not related to allergy ('lergy) in any way except etymology.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 101 to 108 of 108
13-06-2012 17:03 #101
13-06-2012 17:14 #102
13-06-2012 17:17 #103Senior Member
- Join Date
- Oct 2009
13-06-2012 17:17 #104
13-06-2012 17:24 #105
i tend to continue my day pretty much normal even when i've got a killer migraine - and people get so so so sh!rty that i'm reading or using a compuer but 'whinging about a migraine' if i stopped my life when i had a migraine, i'd never do anything
13-06-2012 18:15 #106
Last edited by Jensha; 13-06-2012 at 18:19.
The Following User Says Thank You to Jensha For This Useful Post:
13-06-2012 19:33 #107
I am another one who hates the idea that antibiotics will help a cold... duh, it's a virus! Antibiotics will be ineffective! I honestly don't understand why doctors prescribe them to people who ask for them, when they might as well be swallowing jelly beans. I even hear people say, 'Oh, but it's a REALLY bad cold, so I really think I need antibiotics'.... doesn't matter how bad the virus is, antibiotics will not work on a virus!
I avoid antibiotics, unless I REALLY feel like I need them... I've had antibiotics 2x in my entire life - once as a teen, and once as an adult, and both times was because I actually needed them. It amazes me that people take antibiotics every year, let alone multiple times a year! No wonder we are resistant to them.
Phew, it feels good to get that out!
14-06-2012 01:51 #108-
- Join Date
- Feb 2010
- Home, where my life lies waiting, silently, for me.
Einsteinz MusicFun & interactive music classes! Classes are taught by professional musicians! Children are taught the fundamentals of ...
LATEST7 ways to break the ‘mumnotony’ at homeGuide to government family benefit payments36 tips for long-haul flights with babies and children
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
How long would you leave your 8 (almost 9) year old at home alone?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Pokemon go. Chat #2General Chat
Driving after phobia - little driving experience & dealing with toddler yelling/screaAnxiety & Panic Disorders
angel egg donor neededEgg Donor Needed
I am... #20General Chat
Missed miscarriage... waiting, waiting, waitingPregnancy Loss Support
Pressure cookersGeneral Chat