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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 9 19:35:05 UTC 2015


"Bones" is presumably short for "sawbones."

JL

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:03 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> > Found while searching for "doctor's nickname" in google books:
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> > Bolus, short for diabolus
> > Cutlets
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> 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.
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> Is that still pronounced "extra munction" I wonder? =20
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> 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').
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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 =
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> >> at 04.33.
> >> Slang term for his job title might have been <pill-roller>.
> >> Cf. Leonard H. <Bones> McCoy.
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