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Ist chickenpox Singular

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Ist "chickenpox" Singular oder Plural?  
von Baccalaureus (DE), 2011-08-16, 16:32  like dislike  Spam?  
Was sind Windpocken?  - What IS/ARE chickenpox?
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Is  #613906
von Catesse (AU), 2011-08-16, 16:36  like dislike  Spam?  
"Chickenpox is a childhood disease."
(It refers to the whole illness, not just the spots.)
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von drcampbell (US), Last modified: 2011-08-16, 16:38  like dislike  Spam?  
 #613907
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von wandle (GB), Last modified: 2011-08-16, 16:42  like dislike  Spam?  
 #613911
'Pox' is the old plural of 'pock'. (Old Enlgish poc , German Pocke ).
The pox (singular) is any disease which creates pocks, leaving you pock-marked.
The older terms used to be: the great pox (syphilis), the small pox and the chicken pox.
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Ah, danke!  #613912
von Baccalaureus (DE), 2011-08-16, 16:42  like dislike  Spam?  
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Cowpox  #613916
von Catesse (AU), 2011-08-16, 16:49  like dislike  Spam?  
Also cowpox. Related to smallpox but not usually fatal. It was said that milkmaids were "fair" because they were not pockmarked, an infection with cowpox having made them immune to smallpox.
(I don't vouch for the scientific accuracy of this, but it was believed to be so.)
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   #613918
von krautteich (DE), 2011-08-16, 16:53  like dislike  Spam?  
The word chickenpox is plural when referring to the spots on the body and singular when you have chickenpox as a disease.
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That is how the smallpox vaccine came about -  #613920
von Lllama (GB/AT), 2011-08-16, 16:55  like dislike  Spam?  
Jenner noticed that people who worked with cows (including milkmaids) didn't tend to get smallpox, because they had generally had cowpox at some point.
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Spots  #613921
von Catesse (AU), 2011-08-16, 16:58  like dislike  Spam?  
I don't think that it would be usual to refer to the spots as chickenpox.
"He has chickenpox and is covered in itchy spots." Maybe it is different in other places.
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krautteich -  #613922
von Lllama (GB/AT), 2011-08-16, 16:58  like dislike  Spam?  
the word chickenpox isn't used to mean the spots, only the illness.
Chickenpox spots or just spots (when it's obvious what you're talking about) is used -
I had lots of spots when I had chickenpox.

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