Disease by any other name?

Shakespeare, always good for a catchy line, wrote "that which we call a rose,
by any other name would smell as sweet." Of course he was really talking about teenage Italians and not flowers but you get the drift.

According to a web Thesaurus, disease can be also known as "affection." I doubt that will ever become an immortal comparison.

I'd assume that the word they wanted there was "affliction" not affection but you never know. They are obviously familiar with the word affliction because it's used in the line above as the definition of the word disease.

Maybe they have an affection for disease at Thesaurus dot com. Maybe not. Who knows?

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
--William Shakespeare

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Jan said…
Some of the more ridiculous essays I got when I taught college freshman English were ones where they had a pen in one hand and a thesaurus in the other.

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