1. "Tricks of the Trade" <http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/how_to/tricks_of_the_trade.php> "For every occupation, there is a catalog of secrets only its employees are aware of - such as how waiters with heavy platters know to look straight ahead, and never down. Armed with a bag of reader mail, Matthew Baldwin unfurls a whole lot more true insider knowledge" Examples: * Butcher: In Australia, the butchers have a secret language called 'rechtub klat' that they use to gossip about customers without getting caught * Nurse: Patients will occasionally pretend to be unconscious. A surefire way to find them out is to pick up their hand, hold it above their face, and let go. If they smack themselves, they're most likely unconscious; if not, they're faking" A blog inspired by the article, which collects "tricks of the trade": <http://www.tradetricks.org/> 2. "Doctor, doctor, I'm pumpkin positive" [expired link] <http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7031676%5E13762,00.html> "These and other terms are part of a secret language, indecipherable to outsiders, that doctors use with each other to convey a truth that is otherwise unsayable, especially to the patient" Examples: * "General practitioners may use LOBNH ('Lights On But Nobody Home') or the impressively bogus Oligoneuronal to mean someone who is thick" * "Then there is DBI, for 'Dirtbag Index.' This is a formula which multiplies the number of tattoos on the patient's body by the number of missing teeth to estimate the total of days he has gone without a bath" * "If a doctor is stumped for what is wrong with his or her patient, they may record GOK, for 'God Only Knows'" Archived at: <http://126.96.36.199/focus/f-chat/974932/posts> "Medical slang" <http://www.studentbmj.com/back_issues/0702/education/225.html> The paper referred to in the article.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Posted by Bruno at 6:58pm