Created By: ZuTheSkunk on November 14, 2016 Last Edited By: ZuTheSkunk on August 23, 2017
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Something-itis

Add "itis" at the end of a word and boom! Instant disease name.

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Stop putting "itis" at the end of words and claiming that it's a fucking disease! That is NOT what that suffix means, it means inflammation, it does NOT mean disease! You're a fucking scientist, so get it right!

When someone wants to come up with a name for a disease and is not at all concerned with medical accuracy, they will often just take a word (or a bunch of words) and slap "itis" at the end of it, thus creating names like "my-head-hurts-itis", "sequelitis", "consolitis", and so on. There's also "osis" suffix that can be used for a similar effect.

Mostly seen in comedic settings. Can also be used by a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, or in situations when someone enters Sarcasm Mode.

See also Whatevermancy for the magical equivalent.


Examples

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    Anime And Manga 
  • In the Pokemon episode "Hypno's Naptime", a bunch of children have been hypnotized into thinking that they are Pokemon instead of humans. Brock calls this "Pokemonitis", but the weird thing is that he doesn't say it as though he's coining a phrase for this one instance, but rather as though it's a recognized medical phenomenon.

    Comic Books 
  • In an Archie Comics (the newspaper strip, but reprinted in the "Gag Bag" column a comic book), Archie is being examined by the school doctor.
    Archie: I think I've got the bug that's going around.
    Doctor: Yes, I know. It's called "Dodge-an-exam-itis".

    Commercials 
  • In a commercial for Cheetos Mystery Colors Snacks (a variety of Cheetos that turn your tongue different colors), one hapless man greets a stranger after having eaten a few, prompting her to scream, "That man's tongue! He's got blue-tongue-itis!"

    Films - Live Action 
  • In School of Rock, Dewey Finn says the children are suffering from "stick-it-to-the-man-eosis" to win the sympathy of the Battle of the Bands judges.

    Literature 
  • Animorphs: Marco and Jake are interrupted by people when Marco is almost out of bird morph, so his face has a huge beak but still has thought-speak, so he coaches Jake into telling them it's a condition called beakanoma (a growth in the shape of a beak, and a very tragic disease because it only affects smart and handsome people). Jake transmits most of it to the crowd and they leave, still shuddering at the Facial Horror as Marco finishes demorphing.
  • In the 5th Harry Potter book it's mentioned that when students use Fred and George Weasley's illness faking sweets to get out of class in protest of the new headmaster, they say they're suffering from "Umbridge-itis".
  • In Ramona Forever, when Ramona is waiting for her new sibling's birth she's diagnosed with "siblingitis".

    Live Action TV 
  • In The Brady Bunch episode "You Can't Win 'Em All", Cindy passes a school test to become a contestant on a televised children's quiz show. Of course, she acts all stuck up about how smart she is. But when she she is actually on the show, she freezes up, staring catatonically at the TV camera for the duration of the (live) broadcast. Carol thinks that Cindy has "Television-itis".

    TV Tropes 

    Video Games 
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney: The third case features a fictional disease called "incuritis". The name only makes reference to the fact that It has no cure or treatment save for a single substance, which can be extracted from a Borginian cocoon.
  • Octodad: In Dadliest Catch's hospital-themed bonus level, there is a disease called "Unicornitis", where the afflicted person gains a unicorn horn and the ability to fly. Justified because the level is actually a story being told by Octodad's children.

    Web Video 
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter noted several times that this trope is one of his pet peeves, and gets upset whenever some cartoon character uses it in a way that does not fit its real life purpose.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hare Tonic", Bugs convinces Elmer that he has the "dread-disease-rabbit-itis".
  • In Futurama an "Eighties Guy" had himself frozen until the 31st century when he developed terminal "bone-itis". He was thawed after the cure was invented, but he never got around to getting cured and at the episode's climax the symptoms suddenly displayed themselves.
  • One episode of Hey Arnold! had Helga being sick and, because she reads a book of fictional diseases, thinks she has "monkey-nucleosis" (which will supposedly turn her into a monkey and is incurable). As a result, she spends what is a regular 24-hour flu being Mistaken for Dying.
  • In Rugrats, one episode has Angelica trick Chuckie into thinking that he contracted "Rhinoceritis", a rare disease that causes its victim to turn into a rhinoceros.
  • In Spongebob Squarepants, we can frequently see this trope be used by supposedly qualified people, such as "head-go-boom-boom-itis" in Squid Baby, or "oral-report-itis" in Oral Report.

    Real Life 
  • In real life, the "itis" suffix refers to an inflammation of the mentioned body part. Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, while Arthritis is the inflammation of your joints, etc. So to say that a body part is inflamed, you just say the medical terminus of said part with "itis" at the end.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • November 14, 2016
    Snicka
    -osis can be used for a similar effect.
    • In School Of Rock, Dewey Finn says the children are suffering from "stick-it-to-the-man-eosis" to win the sympathy of the Battle of the Bands judges.
  • November 14, 2016
    CactusFace
    Real Life
    • The ending silable -itis refers to an infection of the mentioned body part. Hepatitis is the infection of the liver, while Artritis is the infection of your joints, etc. So to say that a bodypart is infected you just say the medical terminus of said part with -itis at the end.
  • November 14, 2016
    Koveras
    This Very Wiki has terms like Sequelitis.
  • November 14, 2016
    Unicorndance
    This happens a lot in Doc Mc Stuffins. Also Ramona when waiting for her new sibling's birth in Ramona Forever is diagnosed with "siblingitis".
  • November 14, 2016
    ZuTheSkunk
    ^ Can you please elaborate on the Doc Mc Stuffins example, so that it doesn't come off as Zero Context Example?
  • November 14, 2016
    TonyG
    In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hare Tonic", Bugs convinces Elmer that he has the "dread disease rabbititis".
  • November 14, 2016
    DrNoPuma
    • Octodad: In Dadliest Catch's hospital-themed bonus level, there is a disease called "Unicornitis", where the afflicted person gains a unicorn horn and the ability to fly. Justified because the level is actually a story being told by Octodad's children.
  • November 15, 2016
    TheWanderer
    A note on the real life thing: itis actually refers to inflammation, not infection. Inflammation can come about as the result of an infection or pathogen, but it's not the only means. Damage to cells, irritants, whacking your thumb with a hammer all cause inflammation, as do any number of other things. For example, a number of arthritis types, (there are over 100 different sorts of arthritis) come as a result of having an autoimmune disease, where the body's immune system attacks the body itself.
  • November 15, 2016
    Owlivia
    the disease version of Whetevermancy - would calling it "Whateveritis" be a snowclone?
  • November 15, 2016
    zarpaulus
    • In Futurama an "Eighties Guy" had himself frozen until the 31st century when he developed terminal "bone-itis". He was thawed after the cure was invented, but he never got around to getting cured and at the episode's climax the symptoms suddenly displayed themselves.
  • December 23, 2016
    ZuTheSkunk
    Bump.
  • April 30, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    Bump?
  • April 30, 2017
    Dagroth
    • In Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope Von Schweetz claims she has "pixelitis", denying that she is a "glitch".
  • April 30, 2017
    Bisected8
    • In the 5th Harry Potter book it's mentioned that when students use Fred and George Weasley's illness faking sweets to get out of class in protest of the new headmaster, they say they're suffering from "Umbridge-itis".
  • April 30, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    In the Pokemon episode "Hypno's Naptime" a bunch of children have been hypnotized into thinking that they are Pokemon instead of humans. Brock calls this "Pokemonitis", but the weird thing is that he doesn't say it as though he's coining a phrase for this one instance, but he says it as though it's a recognized medical phenomenon.
  • April 30, 2017
    Chabal2
    Animorphs: Marco and Jake are interrupted by people when Marco is almost out of bird morph, so his face has a huge beak but still has thought-speak, so he coaches Jake into telling them it's a condition called beakanoma (a growth in the shape of a beak, and a very tragic disease because it only affects smart and handsome people). Jake transmits most of it to the crowd and they leave, still shuddering at the Facial Horror as Marco finishes demorphing.
  • April 30, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    In The Brady Bunch episode "You Can't Win 'Em All", Cindy passes a school test to become a contestant on a televised children's quiz show. Of course, she acts all stuck up about how smart she is. But when she she is actually on the show, she freezes up, staring catatonically at the TV camera for the duration of the (live) broadcast. Carol thinks that Cindy has "Television-itis".
  • May 1, 2017
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Advertising
    • In a commercial for Cheetos Mystery Colors Snacks (a variety of Cheetos that turn your tongue different colors), one hapless man greets a stranger after having eaten a few, prompting her to scream, "That man's tongue! He's got blue-tongue-itis!"
  • May 2, 2017
    Theharbo
    Example was already provided, my apologies.
  • May 6, 2017
    marcoasalazarm
    One episode of Hey Arnold had Helga being sick and, because she reads a book of fictional diseases, thinks she has "monkey-nucleosis" (which will supposedly turn her into a monkey and is incurable). As a result, she spends what is a regular 24-hour flu being Mistaken For Dying.
  • May 7, 2017
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Got another example, plus an idea for a page quote:

    • In Rugrats, one episode has Angelica trick Chuckie into thinking that he contracted "Rhinoceritis", a rare disease that causes its victim to turn into a rhinoceros.

    As for the page quote, I thought of this:
    Adding "itis" to the end of a word does not make it a disease! The "-itis" suffix refers to inflammation!
    The Mysterious Mr Enter, "Animated Atrocities #23: Squid Baby"
  • May 6, 2017
    morenohijazo
    • Apollo Justice Ace Attorney: The third case features a fictional disease called "incuritis". The name only makes reference to the fact that It has no cure or treatment save for a single substance, which can be extracted from a Borginian cocoon.
  • May 6, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    In an Archie Comic (the newspaper strip, but reprinted in the "Gag Bag" column a comic book), Archie is being examined by the school doctor.
    Archie: I think I've got the bug that's going around.
    Doctor: Yes, I know. It's called "Dodge-an-exam-itis".
  • July 1, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    Anyone wants to add anything before it's troped?
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