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    • Resolution: Fixed
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      glandular fever

      This is BrE. I'm not sure about AmE - when this word came up in the TV news this evening (in the context of "was Ronaldinho suffering from una mononucleosi", Jonathan knew the word "mononucleosis", also known (to me but not to him) as the kissing disease and (to him but not to me) as the university disease.

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        Linda Oxnard added a comment -

        The Wikipedia entry for 'infectious mononucleosis' reads:

        'Infectious mononucleosis, (also known as the kissing disease, or Pfeiffer's disease, in North America as mono, and more commonly known as
        glandular fever in other English-speaking countries)'

        I also found the following on the FDA's website:

        'Missed parties. Postponed exams. Sitting out a season of team sports. And loneliness. These are a few of the ways that scourge of high school and college students known as "mono" can affect your life.
        The disease whose medical name is infectious mononucleosis is most common in people 10 to 35 years old[...] While mono is not usually considered a serious illness, it may have serious complications.
        You've probably heard people call mono the "kissing disease." But if your social life is in a slump, you may wonder, "How did I get this 'kissing disease' when I haven't kissed anyone romantically recently?"

        These suggests that Americans tend to refer to it as just 'mono'. Lou? Assuming this is not a recent addition to American English, have you ever heard it called just 'mono'?

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        Linda Oxnard added a comment - The Wikipedia entry for 'infectious mononucleosis' reads: 'Infectious mononucleosis, (also known as the kissing disease, or Pfeiffer's disease, in North America as mono, and more commonly known as glandular fever in other English-speaking countries)' I also found the following on the FDA's website: 'Missed parties. Postponed exams. Sitting out a season of team sports. And loneliness. These are a few of the ways that scourge of high school and college students known as "mono" can affect your life. The disease whose medical name is infectious mononucleosis is most common in people 10 to 35 years old [...] While mono is not usually considered a serious illness, it may have serious complications. You've probably heard people call mono the "kissing disease." But if your social life is in a slump, you may wonder, "How did I get this 'kissing disease' when I haven't kissed anyone romantically recently?" These suggests that Americans tend to refer to it as just 'mono'. Lou? Assuming this is not a recent addition to American English, have you ever heard it called just 'mono'?

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            Linda Oxnard
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            Gill Martin
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