Typhoid Mary


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typhoid Mary

A carrier or spreader of misfortune, as in I swear he's a typhoid Mary; everything at the office has gone wrong since he was hired . This expression alludes to a real person, Mary Manson, who died in 1938. An Irish-born servant, she transmitted typhoid fever to others and was referred to as "typhoid Mary" from the early 1900s. The term was broadened to other carriers of calamity in the mid-1900s.
See also: Mary

Typhoid Mary

You can describe someone as Typhoid Mary if they bring bad luck or harm to other people. After the relationship ended, she became a Typhoid Mary, spoiling the romantic lives of everyone around her. Note: Typhoid Mary was a cook who spread the disease typhoid to several hospitals that she worked in, though she never became ill herself.
See also: Mary
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As illustrated in the case of Typhoid Mary, in the control of epidemics this process often relies on coercive measures, including limitations on movement, activity and human contact.
Leavitt, Typhoid Mary (Beacon Press, Boston, 1997).
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The tale of Mary Mallon, the woman popularly known as Typhoid Mary, is relatively straightforward.
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Humans, Typhoid Mary being the obvious example, can become carriers.