post-mortem human subjects

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Nov 4 11:45:56 UTC 2010

Here's a trivium for you: If you Google "post-mortem human subjects"
(NIOED*) you'll get 26,000 googlits. Also called "PMHS". These are
cadavers used in crash tests. NASA is fond of this euphemism, as I've
just learned from Mary Roach's wonderful Packing for Mars: The Curious
Science of Life in the Void.

*NIOED: Not in OED as far as I can tell. I'm going to start using this
abbreviation. Or maybe not.


P.S. How come people don't singularize the word "trivia"?

Paul Frank
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