con crud n.

an illness (esp. a cold) suffered while or shortly after attending an SF convention

SF Fandom

  • 1990 It Came from Minneapolis Minicon 25 (program book) Mar. 29 page image

    If you have a severe case of the creeping con crud, there is instant soup and oatmeal available to keep you hale.

  • 1993 G. Ehrlich WorldCon Update in rec.music.filk (Usenet newsgroup) 11 Sept. page image

    Well, while I’m sitting at home recovering from a case of Con Crud (when I *should* be at the MD Renaissance Festival), I suppose I should post my ConFransisco musings.

  • 2014 Scientifiction (New Series #41) 3rd quarter 4 page image

    The radio broadcast was sponsored by ‘Cold Be Gone’ which was guaranteed to deal with all your con-crud needs!

  • 2016 D. Stone All the Feels: All is Fair in Love & Fandom 189

    ‘I feel like I’m going to be sick,’ she moaned. ‘You will.’ Xander laughed. ‘But that’ll be as a result of nonstop partying and the subsequent con-crud…’ He dragged her into the crowd. ‘Hold on tight. This ride doesn’t slow down for anyone.’ And with that, Dragon Con began.

  • 2017 N. L. Hill Embodying Cosplay: Fandom Communities in USA (MA thesis, Georgia State University) 52

    Con-goers attempt to maximize their time by forsaking normal routine for the convention experience. Hence, why many complain about ‘con crud’, an illness that spreads around at pop culture conventions due to the large numbers of people who gather and interact in one confined place, after a convention. Lack of sleep, drama, stress, travel and post-convention depression may also weaken the immune system, contributing to con crud.


Research requirements

any evidence 1990

Earliest cite

Program book for Minneapolis Minicon 25

Research History
Suggested by Elisabeth Riba.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2016 cite from a Danika Stone novel, and a 2017 cite from a master's thesis about fandom.
Bill Mullins submitted a 1990 cite from a convention program book.
Jacek Dobrzyniecki submitted a 1993 cite from Usenet.

A large number of examples can be found online: we would like to see cites of any date from printed sources.

Last modified 2021-03-22 08:27:09
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