[Ads-l] Pills, excrescent <-s> in nicknames addendum (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 9 18:03:44 UTC 2015


> On Jun 9, 2015, at 1:39 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> Found while searching for "doctor's nickname" in google books:
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> Bolus, short for diabolus
> Cutlets

Reminds me of when my brother (now 64 but younger then) used to refer consistently to chicken or veal cutlips.  I guess that would work for doctors too.

> Extreme Unction

Is that still pronounced "extra munction" I wonder?  

Not a doctor's nickname (I suppose "Bones" is one of the less pejorative ones) but a saying that suggests that once upon a time docs were low professionals on the totem pole where lawyers are now:  "Mentiris ut medicus" ('You lie like a doctor').

LH
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>> <Pills> nickname for aspiring pharmacist's mate on submarine USS
>> Tigrone.
>> Silent Service, season 1 episode 8, 6 May 1957, Tigrone Sets a Record,
>> at 04.33.
>> Slang term for his job title might have been <pill-roller>.
>> Cf. Leonard H. <Bones> McCoy.
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