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Chris -- 2011-03-08
It’s the time of year when people catch new illnesses, and what could be more novel than a newly-mutated winter vomiting bug? Researchers often mention discovering a novel virus (perhaps if you recently received an electronic reading device as a gift, you should make sure it’s not infected with one of those.)
National Heath System comment board: “I have now had what appears to be Novovirus for 4 weeks.”
Article by doctor: “Novovirus (“Stomach Flu”) (Cruise Ship Disease)”
Health forum: “Has anyone had the Novavirus?”
Perhaps in addition to being new, it also makes one eject matter like a stellar object? Not sure if this is an intentional pun or not:
Weightlifting forum: “I’m pretty sure it’s that nova virus that’s been going round mate. Kidneys feel like they’re gonna explode!! ”
Run for the hills, the entire web and even the scientific literature is contaminated with novovirus! It’s so new it hasn’t even made it to the list of known viruses. Single-stranded RNA viruses like the norovirus have huge mutation rates, explaining the frequent single letter substitution introducing novelties like the novovirus. Also presents as the Nora virus (devastating to traditional marriage roles) and the Norway virus (on Norwegian cruise lines).
Health Officials confirm the presence of Nora Virus on island
January 4, 2012
The Ministry of Health is urging residents on island to remain vigilant in the wake of confirmation that a recent virus which has stricken an increased number of persons is indeed the Nora virus.
One bad thing about the cruise is my roommate and I both caught the Norway virus. If you ever go on a cruise, make sure you wash your hands before and after you pick up your food. That way if someone else does not wash their hands, you will be covered. I sure hope I never catch the Norway virus again.
BTW, I liked the idea that the nova virus goes nova. Apparently part of the nastiness of the novovirus is that it goes aerosol when a passenger does the technicolor yawn on board. So in a big dining room, in rough seas, when the inevitable happens, there is a ground zero that can only be defended against with a full biohazard moon suit.
Note that there apparently is a Nora virus that infects fruit flies. If this is not an Annie Lehman, it’s an incredibly bad name for a virus. Don’t forget we have already seen the which is another member of the novovirus family.
Last edited by burred (2013-01-03 16:00:10)