It would be impossible to cure all that ailed the GOP in the course of a single calendar year.
I petted him and patted him; I stroked his ears and I rubbed his nose; and then I asked him point blank what ailed him.
And I sighed: not knowing what ailed me, but yet uneasy and most melancholy.
All the knights gathered round him to ask what ailed the Duke.
His forehead was scratched deeply, but nothing else ailed him.
There was a man got married, and he began to pine away, and after a few weeks the mother asked him what ailed him.
The veins of her body were full of caprice, that's what ailed her, and for that is there any remede?
The Doctor asked of them what ailed them, and was then informed, for the first time, of the evil tidings that awaited him.
What ailed you, man, but to have been a lawyer as weel as other folk?
One glance showed me what ailed him when I awoke this morning.
c.1300, from Old English eglan "to trouble, plague, afflict," from Proto-Germanic *azljaz (cf. Old English egle "hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;" Gothic agls "shameful, disgraceful," agliþa "distress, affliction, hardship," us-agljan "to oppress, afflict"), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid." Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? ... Thus we never say, a fever ails him. [Johnson]