Approximate British equivalent of the American playground term cooties, meaning a fictitious, yet highly infectious disease. Unlike cooties, now used by adults to refer to an general undefined infectious malady.

Normally used in the form "the dreaded lurgy".

The term originates from an episode of the 1950s radio comedy "The Goon Show" in which an epidemic of "The Dreaded Lurgi" was said to be about to sweep across Britain. It turned out that the lurgi was in fact a ficitious disease created by brass instrument makers who had claimed that no brass band player had ever died of the lurgi (thereby increasing sales hugely).

"The Goon Show" was an anarchic and surreal radio comedy series that starred Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. It was written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes.
I think I've got the dreaded lurgy.

He's not coming into work today, apparently he's coming down with a lurgy.

I'm not quite sure what's wrong. Just some form of lurgy.

Urgh. You've got the LURGY!
by mammon_the_source August 3, 2009
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I've got the lurgy I caught it from a dinner lady at my school when I was helping lay the chairs out for lunchtime.😭I hate. Having the lurgy
I have the lurgy and I hate it.
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Cold, flu, allergy. Any sickness that takes you out of the game, your work, or your life.
Brandi has the lurgi, she won't be in today.
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an illness that is not serious but passes easily from person to person.
My throat is sore and my head hurts. I think I've caught the dreaded lurgy.
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Imaginary Germ believed by primary school children. Usualy used in games like Tag.
*girl toutches/tags boy*
Boy- "Eeeeew! Lurgies!"
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