It's Wednesday again, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!
Since returning from my holiday abroad, I’ve been quite ill – was diagnosed with pneumonia a few days after I got home – and the malaise has continued to linger. I have gone through so many throat lozenges and LemSip (not to mention tea and medications and Vicks Vapo-rub) that I fear I may have an:
-the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.
-a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance, characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful
Synonyms dependence – habit – tolerance
First seen in Shakespeare's Henry V (written 1598 - 1599). The full text of the play may be found here.