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From the pronunciation of diabetes used by American actor Wilford Brimley in advertisements for the medical supplies home delivery service Liberty Medical.[1]


diabeetus (uncountable)

  1. (humorous) Diabetes.
    • 2007 October 1, Tom Anderson, “Re: What are some "good" snacks?”, in misc.fitness.weights, Usenet[1]:
      Carbohydrates are bad? There are weight-loss schemes that involve avoiding them, and you don't want to go crazy on sugars unless you want diabeetus, but in general, i reckon they're okay.
    • 2010 March 8, Vitriol Trollsbane [username], “Re: Anyone else notive.......”, in alt.online-service.webtv, Usenet[2]:
      Yeah, but I'm trying to decide what to do about it before all the saccharine gives me diabeetus or something.
    • 2013, Enrique Limón, "Best Summertime Drinks", Santa Fe Reporter, 23 April 2013:
      Tell Cake we sent you, and she might be persuaded to hook you up with her signature Red Velvet Cake martini. The perfect blend between cirrhosis and the diabeetus, this is probably what Oompa-Loompas unwind with at the end of an everlasting workday.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:diabeetus.


  1. ^ Matt Brownell, "The 10 Best Celebrity Spokesmen", MainStreet, 5 November 2010