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Having the Vapors

When a proper Southern lady fans herself and exclaims, “I do believe I have the vapors,” what vapors is she talking about, exactly? A caller from Austin, Texas wants to know the origin of this term. Just how did it come to apply to a...


somaticizer n. a person whose physical illnesses are caused by neurosis. Editorial Note: A somaticizer will have genuine physical symptoms of illness whereas a hypochondriac will not. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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