August 09, 2006

A Medical Eggcorn

Doctors have had eggcorn stories for a long time, though not by that name. Patients often don't understand the terminology they hear and come up with comic reinterpretations. My favorite is the story about the woman who named her daughter "Sue Phyllis" and explained that she overheard it at the hospital and thought it was a pretty name.

For those who didn't get it, what she overheard was syphillis, the venereal disease.

Posted by Bill Poser at August 9, 2006 11:47 AM