Acknowledging (yet again) that I slow down as I reach the end of writing a book - and planning for that. Also a bit of weekend recap, thoughts on conversational French, Facebook, and spring agues.* (Though it turns out I should've been pronouncing it "AY-gyu." Now we know.)
From Merriam-Webster: (https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/illnesses-ailments-diseases-history-names/ague)
Ague is the term for an infectious fever marked by regular paroxysms of chills and sweating.
Oliver's ailings were neither slight nor few. In addition to the pain and delay attendant on a broken limb, his exposure to the wet and cold had brought on fever and ague: which hung about him for many weeks, and reduced him sadly.
— Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, 1839