History Main / TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed

21st Oct '16 1:22:04 PM Berrenta
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* Oddly inverted, [[TheyJustDidntCare along with just about everything else]], in ''Film/TheRoom''. Lisa's mother says off-handedly that "The tests came back. I definitely have cancer." Setting it up as a possible plot point. However, it is never mentioned again and Lisa herself doesn't seem particularly affected by the news.

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* Oddly inverted, [[TheyJustDidntCare along with just about everything else]], else, in ''Film/TheRoom''. Lisa's mother says off-handedly that "The tests came back. I definitely have cancer." Setting it up as a possible plot point. However, it is never mentioned again and Lisa herself doesn't seem particularly affected by the news.
20th Oct '16 2:56:18 PM SteveMB
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* In the second {{Literature/Flashman}} book, ''Royal Flash,'' a character is described as suffering from a "social disease." To which Flashman immediately responds, "You mean he's got the clap?"

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* In the second {{Literature/Flashman}} book, ''Royal Flash,'' a character is described as suffering from a "social disease." To which Flashman immediately responds, [[EuphemismBuster "You mean he's got the clap?"clap?"]]
4th Sep '16 12:20:51 PM Specialist290
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Another aspect of the taboo is that many people consider it TemptingFate to talk about diseases, in the same sense as SpeakOfTheDevil and TheScottishTrope. And as the close associates of the asbestos miner who died of cancer also died of cancer after talking about the fact that he had cancer, and plague victims died after going to the market and talking to people about who had the plague, and everyone who gossiped about Phil having cholera as they drew water from the well next to the dump came down with cholera...cue centuries of the AssociationFallacy.

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Another aspect of the taboo is that many people consider it TemptingFate to talk about diseases, in the same sense as SpeakOfTheDevil and TheScottishTrope. And as the close associates of the asbestos miner who died of cancer also died of cancer after talking about the fact that he had cancer, and plague victims died after going to the same rat-infested market and talking to people about who had the plague, and everyone who gossiped about Phil having cholera as they drew water from the well next to the dump came down with cholera...cholera... cue centuries of the AssociationFallacy.
20th Aug '16 4:55:56 PM Give1Take2
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* Subverted in the short story "Roman Fever" by Edith Wharton. Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade reminisce about their youth, when high class girls like them were discouraged from going out after dark in Rome, as it would cause them to catch [[TitleDrop "Roman Fever,"]] a debilitating illness that would leave them bed-ridden for months. Neither specifically says what it is, but the narrative hints that it might be Malaria. [[spoiler:It's really a euphemism to hide pregnancies. When a young girl goes out with her beau after dark and gets pregnant, the family uses the socially acceptable excuse, "Oh, she caught Roman fever" in order to hide her from society until the baby is born.]]
14th Aug '16 3:57:24 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* {{Rebecca}} was revealed to be dying of [[spoiler:a tumor in her ovaries]], which mean that she [[spoiler:couldn't have children]].

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* {{Rebecca}} Literature/{{Rebecca}} was revealed to be dying of [[spoiler:a tumor in her ovaries]], which mean that she [[spoiler:couldn't have children]].
19th Jul '16 6:16:00 PM rmctagg09
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Compare DiseaseByAnyOtherName, which is a disease which isn't known to the characters, but is by the audience.
18th Jul '16 7:31:50 AM stuthehistoryguy
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** This may have something to do with the fact that John Wayne himself had previously struggled with lung cancer. He would be diagnosed with stomach cancer shortly after the movie's release; this would be his last film.
** Played straight to a degree; it is never explicitly stated that Books has ''prostate'' cancer.

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** This may have something to do with the fact that John Wayne himself had previously struggled with lung cancer.cancer and done several PSAs about the disease. He would be diagnosed with stomach cancer shortly after the movie's release; this would be his last film.
** Played straight to a degree; it degree. It is never explicitly stated that Books has ''prostate'' cancer.
18th Jul '16 7:27:09 AM stuthehistoryguy
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** This may have something to do with the fact that John Wayne himself was dying of the disease -- this would be his last film.

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** This may have something to do with the fact that John Wayne himself was dying of had previously struggled with lung cancer. He would be diagnosed with stomach cancer shortly after the disease -- movie's release; this would be his last film.film.
** Played straight to a degree; it is never explicitly stated that Books has ''prostate'' cancer.
18th Jul '16 7:23:31 AM stuthehistoryguy
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** Though the phrase "AIDS Junkie" spray painted on Tommy's door might have been a clue.
10th Jul '16 11:06:49 AM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10593518/1/Darkness-Burning Darkness Burning]]'' after [[spoiler:a BungledSuicide attempt]] Elsa is described as "ill" instead of specifying she suffers from depression. This causes people outside her family to speculate exactly what the illness is.

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* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10593518/1/Darkness-Burning Darkness Burning]]'' after [[spoiler:a BungledSuicide [[spoiler:an InterruptedSuicide attempt]] Elsa is described as "ill" instead of specifying she suffers from depression. This causes people outside her family to speculate exactly what the illness is. Elsa herself refers to her depression as being a "darkness".
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