Consumption is an old name for tuberculosis (TB) that describes how the illness wastes away or consumes its victims.
Characters in both Angela's Ashes and Moulin Rouge die of consumption.
A convenient way to kill off a character set in a film or book set in the olden days, i.e. the old west.
Wyatt Earp: "Hey, Doc, whassamatter? You've been a-hackin up blood a while now."
Doc Holiday: "Ah, it's nuthin. I got the consumption, tha's all."
In the old B&W movies, they always referred to a terminally ill person of a particular desease as having CONSUMPTION or they already died of it. C o n S u p t i o n . I have consumed my tipple of booze cheap too for 40+ yrs
but I was never so insulted than recently at the Emergency Room not my taste of a 'room'
when the nurse took off my masked/vail after I explained that I am a carrier of TB have been for 40 years
and I am not dying from Consumption and she said WHAT? What is that ?... You consumed too much booze to go from the TANK at the local constable/constabulatory house to here at Veteran's Memorial Hospital!?!?" I was still so 'pizzed' , I could have Spit ! agin'
MoM always said don't spit in the streets but it's alright to get so mad that ya want to spit.... part Deux to follow about Cops,Rights,TB,undocumented aliens,tax payers,citizens , connecticut , yankeez not like idiot red sox
I can't believe that this spell-checkin'funky-monkey sez that I mis-spelled Conn., US of A !
that actress was destined to die of consumption !
Red said ' But she did LIVE , that sweet ol' HO'"
As Tom Chapin Harry's Bro'
sang " Consumption Junction..... What's yer Function....."
WikiPedia can't touch this Consumption definition ! nor the Nat'l Assoc. of Naval Veterans , try to find that !