The Yiddish–Dutch–German "Smallpox" Exchange https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2018/03/the-yiddish-dutch-german-smallpox-exchange/

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

March 21, 2018 | Philologos
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An 1804 cartoon caricaturing the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital in St. Pancras, London. Wikipedia.

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