Sunday, 24 May 2009


Hello, folks, it's word origin time (he says, putting on his best Neddy Seagoon voice and fat suit). Lurgi. A fairly commonly used word these days, meant to denote an unspecific ailment or illness or maybe a general feeling of malaise. But where oh where did it come from? Well, there is, naturally, some debate as to the specific etymology of the word but the signs point to it mainly being popularised by Mr Spike Milligna, the well-known typing error, in his 1954 episode of The Goon Show entitled Lurgi Strikes Britain. Spike claimed that he saw it on a construction site and fell in love with the word and there is indeed a German company called Lurgi which would seem to lend some weight to his claim.

All of which is to say that I've got a bit of a sniffle so can't be bothered to do a proper blog and stuff. Instead, here's Lurgi Strikes Britain. Enjoy.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


Pearl said...

Oh, what strange people you Brits are.
Here in U.S., we get "logie", pronounced "low-gee", with a hard "g".
No idea where it comes from, but I suspect we stole it/bastardized it from you.
Make of it what you will!

That Baldy Fella said...

Hmmm, maybe not, maybe there's some other word out there which kick-started the whole lurgi/logie thing. Words, brilliant, aren;t they?

kapgaf said...

Latest news : Little Jim has fallen in da water.

Shards and fardles, no sound with the vids, even after rebooting and I love the Goons (hence the news). Bloody computer seems to cackolot* at the moment.

*today's word verif