blister rust is like having the flu; the pine beetle is like fast acting leukemia.
Briefly, blister rust is an Asian fungus introduced from Europe to America around 1900.
I ended up developing a blister on one of my vocal cords, so that kinda sucked.
c.1300, perhaps via Old French blestre "blister, lump, bump," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse blastr "a blowing," dative blæstri "swelling"), or from Middle Dutch blyster "swelling;" perhaps from PIE *bhlei- "to blow, swell," extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.
"to become covered in blisters," late 15c.; "to raise blisters on," 1540s, from blister (n.). Related: Blistered; blistering.
blister blis·ter (blĭs'tər)
A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning, infection, or irritation.