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    in rude health

    Hi everybody,
    I don`t quite understand the meaning of the idiom "in rude health". What does it mean, where does it come from, and how could one explain such a wordplay as "I am a person in rude health"?

    I am looking forward to your answers!

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    Re: in rude health

    Rude has had different meaning in the past:
    A rude person didn't mean the same- it did imply a lack of finesse and manners, but also could mean that a person was not delicate and easilyaffected, so it implies strength.

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