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    meaning of "fall poorly"

    Dear all,

    I'm reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. One of the female characters talked about taking abortion pills, and she said:

    "It has to be soon. The sooner you do it, the better it works. And if you take the pills around the time you should be falling poorly, then that works best of all. That would be this coming Sunday, for me. "

    I'm not sure but it seems "the time you should be falling poorly" is a certain day during pregnancy or menstruation. I just can't figure out what "fall poorly" means in this context. Can anybody help me out?

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    Re: meaning of "fall poorly"

    In some dialects, women 'fall poorly' at that time in the menstrual cycle when some are not in the best of health physically and/or mentally. It is not an expression that is used in standard English varieties.

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    Re: meaning of "fall poorly"

    In my variant, you can "fall ill" or "be poorly" but you can't "fall poorly". You can "feel" both.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: meaning of "fall poorly"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my variant, you can "fall ill" or "be poorly" but you can't "fall poorly". You can "feel" both.
    In non-standard Hampshire dialects, women 'fall pregnant'. I have no idea whether they 'feel pregnant'.

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    Re: meaning of "fall poorly"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my variant, you can "fall ill" or "be poorly" but you can't "fall poorly". You can "feel" both.
    Same for me- I only know poorly with the meaning of ill. I've learnt a new meaning in this thread.

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    Re: meaning of "fall poorly"

    I think "to fall pregnant" is common in most regional variants of BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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