Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 24 21:11:45 UTC 2009

And there's also the jive conversation used by them and their aides.

"You're going to feel _a little pinch_"; i.e. a little stab.

""I'm going to give you something to _help you to relax_"; i.e. within
a millisecond, before you can even raise your eyes to note the exact
time, so as to to see how many minutes it takes for you to begin to
relax, _knock you out cold for two hours_.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
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> I suppose this exemplifies the influence of a speaker's dialect on
> what s/he feels needs clarification. My sister tells me that spelling
> the everyday word but not the jargon is so common among medical
> dictators that it's a standing joke with transcriptionists.
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> Ok, I know this phrase, but many MTs would not.
>> a #34 Carpentier-Edwards tricuspid ring
> So the doc dictates it and then says, "That's R-I-N-G".
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