The Yiddish–Dutch–German "Smallpox" Exchange

Which language was patient zero for the old expression, “We’ve been smallpoxed and measled”?

An 1804 cartoon caricaturing the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital in St. Pancras, London. Wikipedia.

An 1804 cartoon caricaturing the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital in St. Pancras, London. Wikipedia.

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March 21 2018
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