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International euphemisms for traveller’s gastrointestinal disorders


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Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2007 at 7:31 pm CET

Many countries have a euphemism for common traveller’s gastrointestinal disorders, like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and bloating. For instance, in India they say Delhi Belly, and in Egypt they use the phrase Pharaoh’s Revenge. Here is a list of international terms.

  • Aztec Two Step – Latin America
  • Banjul Belly – The Gambia
  • Basra Belly – Iraq
  • Bombay Runs – India
  • Canary Disease – Canary Islands, Spain
  • Casablanca Crud – Morocco
  • Delhi Belly – India
  • Montezuma’s Revenge – Mexico
  • Greek Gallop – Greece
  • Gyppy tummy – Middle East
  • Hong kong Dog – Hong Kong
  • La Turista – Mexico and Latin America
  • Malta Dog – Malta
  • Pharaoh’s Revenge – Egypt
  • Rangoon Runs – Myanmar / Burma
  • Rome Runs – Italy
  • Spanish Flux – Spain
  • Tokyo Trot – Japan
  • Turkey Trots – Turkey
  • Tut’s Tummy – Egypt

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