Malaria – Word Origins 5

by Venkat

Rome, hit by a disease every summer
Causing recurring bouts of high fever

Romans gave it a name, mal’aria
Meaning ‘bad air’ of marshy area

Into English, by eighteenth century
Meant same, as did Romans of Italy

By twentieth century, man did know
Of transmission by female mosquito

Of marsh or swamp, not ‘foul air’
Established since, so humans care

Going forward, more posts of these kind can be found at my new blog

3 Comments to “Malaria – Word Origins 5”

  1. What a delightful tangent you have been on, Venkat!

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