In certain papers at certain times, it was a known euphemism for AIDS. No one at the time ever actually died of it. (Yes, I know; technically, very few people do and mostly they die of AIDS-related infections. But you know what I mean.) There was an incredible stigma attached. Heck, I read a book recently that talked about the stigma formerly associated with cancer; I wish I could remember which one and why I was reading it.
Originally Posted by Trebuchet
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"