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Why was the Black Death called black?

11 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It was so called because blood pooled in finger tips, which turned black.

  • 1 month ago

    Your question could be regarded as being double-edged.But, lets regard as being academic.

    According to the Swedish historian Berndt Tallerud the name Black Death comes from one the three variation of the illness caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis: namely Blood-Pest.

    The victims of Blood Pest died within hours contracting the illness and the many contusion gave the victim a black appearance. Therefore the name Black-death.

    The other variants were Lung-pest and Boil (abscess)-pest.

    The bacteria  Yersinia pestis mutated constantly 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Why was 'The Black Death' called 'The Black Death', Mr. English? Well - this is the internet - and instead of receiving pretend-comical answers from some, here's one effort I suspect you'll probably think is boring (and not racist enough).

    It's good to see nobody has pressed your buttons; good try!


  • 2 months ago

    Most countries call it the Pest. I have noticed that different languages turn same words into something totally different. In old English it was called the Pestilence.

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  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It wasn't at the time.  It was called the 'Great mortality' or the 'pestilence'.   It did in some cases turn peoples limbs black, normally in the septic form of the disease.  And people got a lot of blue blotches from it.

  • Rod
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    It was a name used to symbolize death --this deadly plague killed half the people of Europe in the 1600's.

    Black death -- darkness replaces the light at death?

    There were no racial overtones with calling it the black death -- very few black people lived in Europe in the 1600's and they were never blamed for this plague in the first place.

    Why was the Spanish flu which killed 50 million people in 1918 called that?

    This flu didn't originate in Spain and the Spanish people didn't suffer any worse than others.

    No one seems to think of the Spanish flu as being a racialist term against those people today.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    We all know by now the lights are on the top floor but even you must have some basic concept of categorisation and having been told so many times have at least an inkling of the history section.  A section waiting with open are to help with your historical questions.  You can be a big boy / girl if you try. 

  • gerald
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It was the scabs that formed on the blisters they were black and hideous and were knicknamed posies and so the song Ring a ring of roses a pocket full of poses and we all fall down a popular chilldrens song and dance that has a devious begining i forgot   the atishoo atishoo we all fall down kind of ironic what? 

  • 2 months ago

    The, Black Death, earned its name from a symptom: lymph nodes became blackened and swollen after bacteria entered through the skin.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because it covered the body in black boils called buboes. 

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