Ill. Sick, unwell, evil, suffering, distress. One three letter word that has nothing going for it other than we all pretty much know what it means. Now that I’m interested, ill always makes me thing of Virginia Woolf‘s essay ‘On Being Ill‘, though I have yet to read it. I want to, but haven’t found a copy yet.
: not well or healthy : sick or unhealthy
of health : not normal or good
: harmful or damaging
1a chiefly Scottish : immoral, vicious
b : resulting from, accompanied by, or indicative of an evil or malevolent intention <ill deeds>
c : attributing evil or an objectionable quality <held an ill opinion of his neighbors>
2 a : causing suffering or distress <ill weather>
b comparative also ill·er superlative also illest (1) : not normal or sound <ill health> (2) : not in good health; also : nauseated
3a : not suited to circumstances or not to one’s advantage : unlucky <an ill omen>
b : involving difficulty : hard
4a : not meeting an accepted standard <ill manners>
b archaic : notably unskillful or inefficient
Why a sick word today? Good question. Probably because I am ill myself. Ill with a cold. At least I’m not the ill of my mother…. pneumonia.