EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORMWOOD
I have summoned you here to witness it, because I know it will be gall and wormwood to you!
Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.
This was wormwood and gall to the parent, but he did not spare himself.
He had to live on her money, which galled him, and to be assisted by the Dean's money, which was wormwood to him.
It may easily be conceived that all this was gall and wormwood to the Baroness Banmann.
The supper, with its merry chat, was gall and wormwood to her.
Mullein and nettle, henbane and wormwood, all are English emigrants.
She loved him so truly that this must have been gall and wormwood to her sensitive heart.
My life is bitter as wormwood; the very life is burning out of me.
On part of this land was built the prison of Wormwood Scrubs in 1874.
c.1400, folk etymology of Old English wermod "wormwood," related to vermouth, but the ultimate etymology is unknown. Cf. Old Saxon wermoda, Dutch wermoet, Old High German werimuota, German Wermut. Weekley suggests wer "man" + mod "courage," from its early use as an aphrodisiac. Figurative use, however, is usually in reference to its bitter aftertaste. Perhaps because of the folk etymology, it formerly was used to protect clothes and bedding from moths and fleas. "A medecyne for an hawke that hath mites. Take the Iuce of wormewode and put it ther thay be and thei shall dye." ["Book of St. Albans," 1486]