Typhoid Mary


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Typhoid Mary

A person, especially a woman, who spreads misery or ill fortune to other people or endeavors. A reference to the epithet of Mary Malon, a cook who was thought to have infected 22 people with typhoid fever from 1900-1907 as an asymptomatic carrier. You treat me like I'm some kind of Typhoid Mary, but it's only your mismanagement that has brought ruin to this farm. After yet another company where she worked went bankrupt, Janet began to feel like something of a Typhoid Mary.
See also: Mary

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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The name "Typhoid Mary" articulates a history of public health, scientific discovery, cultural memory, racial negotiation, and epidemiology at the beginning of the 20th century.
"I know a little bit about Typhoid Mary, but this book makes important words big, bold, and interesting which makes you want to know more."--Elijah, age 13
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Too many players loved the idea of being a virtual Typhoid Mary and intentionally infected themselves so they could spread the disease, forcing Blizzard to shut down parts of the game while recoding the Corrupted Blood spell so it could not spread beyond its point of origin.
Recently, a number of new medical educational documentaries (e.g., Tuberculosis in America: The People's Plague (1999); A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America (1998); and Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (2004), made with support from such groups as the National Endowment for the Humanities, include clips from feature and educational "moving pictures" discussed in the essays in this book.
QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Deimos; 2 France; 3 A moth; 4 A selling race; 5 Typhoid (she became known as 'Typhoid Mary').
Until relatively recently, the people had a one-stop solution to the major issues (they ate their enemies); now they exist on the uneasy edge of the known world, under threat from that well-known 'Typhoid Mary' tourism.
ANSWERS: 1 Deimos; 2 France; 3 A moth; 4 A selling race; 5 Typhoid (she became known as 'Typhoid Mary'); 6 Greek; 7 Three (1969, 1971, 1973); 8 Orkney Islands; 9 Abu Dhabi; 10 The Pirates Of Penzance.
But then, with help from a complicit media, they were busy exaggerating his infectiousness--just as they did with Typhoid Mary a hundred years ago.
Because he turned numerous players on to steroids, even personally injecting them at times, Canseco became known as the godfather of steroids, the Chemist, and the Typhoid Mary of steroids.
Had the notorious 'Typhoid Mary' been honest with her employers and clean in her personal habits, the fact that she was a typhoid carrier would not have caused the mayhem which it did--though she certainly should never have been working with food in any capacity, the risks were too great.
In 2000, he completed Typhoid Mary, a chamber opera that he had begun in 1991 and his nine and a half minute orchestral piece, Cloud Walking has earned him his spnw shortlisting.
"And you don't want to be 'typhoid Mary, ' so if you have influenza, travel, and acquire avian influenza, the viruses could mix in you and potentially be the genesis of this, " Dr.
Nineteen-year old Cal arrives in New York City to attend college, but is seduced by too many Bahamalama Dingdongs into sex with a black-haired stranger and becomes a carrier of the parasite, making him the perfect vampire hunter because, like Typhoid Mary, his condition is rare.
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