n.— «I think it’s the dreaded beal again. “Beal,” for those who may not be aware, is an illness characterized by having it. It’s named after the character Howard Beal in Network, and was discovered by one of my college English Lit professors. Thus: Susie: “I can’t go to class, I have beal.” Helpful questioner: “What’s beal?” Susie: “It’s the reason I can’t go to class.”» —“Beal Awareness Week” by Susie Practical Penumbra Feb. 9, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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