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TUBER TUBEROUS TUBERCULOSIS

Phthysis

Consumption


Harvesting tubers or bulbs is consuming work.
Flowering potato fields spring early
every spring.
The ideas implicit in a TUBER like the potato refer to a knob like swelling or prominence and are applied to Tuberculosis (TB or TBC) and Tuberous Sclerosis - a genetic disorder causing tuber like benign tumors, some of which become malignant neoplasias or cancer.
Starvation and work can aggravate consumption.
Consumption or Tuberculosis is a consumptive (destructive) disease also known as PHTHYsis (decay).
Tuberculosis, Phthisis or Consumption consumed
all social classes.
In Latin, consumere has roots in "emere" and "emereo" which convey a sense of merit as in emeritus as well as "getting rid of" as in emetic.

The Spanish city of Merida or EMERITa was established by "discharged" Roman soldiers who earned their emeritus status after many years of military service. In Ukrainian, "eMERITura" is a pension. It is regrettable that the retirement of loyal workers is equated with "vomiting" them away from their employment as per declaring them emeritus. 

Since ancient times it is know that alcohol in excess is an emetic. More recently, many 
corporations resort to "retire" adult workers to make room for younger cheaper laborers.
Those so "got rid of" experience feelings of emesis rather than feelings of merit inherent
in the status of emeritus.
Emeritus and ephemeris underscore the ephemeral nature of our MERITs. In fact, the effect on the affect of adults "accepting early retirement" is often more like that of an emetic than that of a meritorious "emeritura".
Consumption is destruction. When Tereo realized he consumed
the flesh of his son, his guilt consumed his mental sanity.