allergy


allergy
allergy
dated from the early 20c in its pathological meaning ‘sensitiveneness to pollen, certain foods, antibiotics, etc.’ It is attested earlier in German (Allergie) and is derived from Greek words allos ‘other, different’ and ergon ‘work’. Its extended meaning, involving antipathy to all sorts of things, dates from the 1940s; an early instance is a famous one in Auden:

• Before the Diet of Sugar he was using razor blades And excited soon after with an allergy to maidenheads —For Time Being, 1944.

Allergic dates in its original meaning from about the same time as allergy, and its extended use is recorded slightly earlier (1937 in the OED). In recent use, allergies and being allergic have extended to things like change, the number 13, debt, opera on television, and negotiating with terrorists.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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