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.
As Lucy said to her friend Ethel (Vivian Vance):
need a tonic or something. I've been feeling real dauncy.
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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