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Dauncy - Word used by Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) on the "Lucy is Enciente" episode of the classic sitcom I LOVE LUCY/CBS/1950-57 when she was pregnant with Ricky Jr.

Lucille Ball & Vivian Vance - I LOVE LUCY

As Lucy said to her friend Ethel (Vivian Vance):

Lucy: I need a tonic or something. I've been feeling real dauncy.  
Ethel: Dauncy?  
 Lucy: Yeah, that's a word my grandmother made up for when you're not really sick but you just feel lousy.

During her pregnancy, Lucy craved pistachio ice cream with hot fudge and sardines. No wonder she was feeling lousy.

TRIVIA NOTE: The word 'dauncy' appears in the Stephen King novel "The Stand" when he writes "Just the thought of crawling around on that roof, so high above the ground, made Larry’s guts feel dauncy".

Derived from Gaelic word donas, which means bad luck, harm or ill will, the term refers to somebody who is sickly or feeble, feeling under the weather. The word can also be seen spelled as donsie or donsey.

The I LOVE LUCY series was based on the radio program MY FAVORITE HUSBAND which in turn was inspired by the book "Mr. & Mrs. Cugat: The Record of a Happy Marriage" by Isabel Scott Rorick.


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