cholera, choleria, kholerye, chalera, chalariah
- Plague or cholera (literal or metaphorical)
- "wreck," in the phrase "nervous choleria." A person who behaves wildly or badly.
- "he said Leo was acting like a nervous chaleria. It stopped the conversations and Sam sheepishly says said 'that's what my grandmother would say.'"(http://www.topix.com/forum/tv/the-west-wing/TD8IEF8T7RN56O108)
- "My boss is such a chaleria, but I can't afford to quit my job."
- "She destroyed my marriage -- a choleria on her!"
Languages of Origin
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Yiddish dictionaries define this word (often kholera without the "i") as cholera. The use in the phrase "nervous wreck" seems to be an American innovation.
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