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history behind "sontimeters" and "tampon-odd"

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Dr McSteamy, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Dr McSteamy

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    why do doctors, esp surgeons, pronounce it this way?

    it's 'sent-imeters', just like we learned it in grade school. why did they go and f**k it up?

    and it's tamponade like lemonade.

    you don't drink lemon-odd, do you?
     
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    So at our place everyone calls it tampon-odd. Perhaps a case of tomayto tomahto.
    But the sonti-meters kills me! :) It's usually a really old attending who grew up in an era when everyone pronounced it that way or it is one of those younger attendings who think they are "old school". Ha ha ha ha!Maybe you've noticed that too at your place?
     
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    Do-odd-a-num, Doo-a-dee-num, Doo-a-denim
     
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    I've head a bunch of people say it like that. I always thought it was "um-bil-i-cus". Am I wrong or else what is up with people pronouncing it like Tic quoted?
     
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    I was googling this because my dad (surgeon) says "sont-imeter" in every day conversation.

    I found a couple of things.
    1) This old thread from 2006 was the first thing to pop up.
    2) I also found an article in Science Magazine from 1930 entitled "The Pronunciation of Centimeter." Unfortunately, I would've had to pay to see it, and I wasn't going to do that.

    Edit: Adding 1

    The one that bugs me is macrophage.

    I say "macro-fayge" not "macro-faahge." When I took microbio in England, the only difference given was when the lecturer said "The macrofaahge, or macrofayge (if you're posh)..."
     
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    I've been confused by the whole pronunciation thing myself, which is my motivation to look it up. I have access through an institutional subscription...The "article" from 1930 is more of a letter to the editor:

    That's not really helpful in understanding why there are differences in the way that people pronounce "centimeter."

    When I was searching for that one, another search result was a letter to the editor from 1921 (Frost HB. English pronunciation for the metric system. Science, New Series. 1921;53:457.):

    Well...at any rate, this topic of discussion is more than 80 years old. :)
     
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    Who says tamponade like lemonade?
     
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    How about a certain part of the female anatomy that may or may not sound like Dolores?
     
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    according to Webster, it's tampon-aid.

    i refuse to say sontimeters. I've heard older IM attendings even say it that way, as if afraid to not fit in with the crowd. I've even heard younger late 30's docs say sontimeters.

    it makes you sound like you've got something in the rectum.

    we new generation doctors must buck the trend, and pronounce words properly, and write legibly. :thumbup:
     
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    dont forget what started all this nonsense...my first day of path class feeling good about myself being a second year med student, and to my surprise they changed the word dilation on me to dilatation!?!? jeez that bothered me forever until i realized they actually use the word in all the texts and that it is proper, so i chose to accept it. but i will NEVER accept sontimeters, its just absurd!
     
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    It sounds like Dolores according to Jerry Seinfeld! :laugh:
     
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    hiliarious thread! keep them coming.
     
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    HILARIOUS! :laugh:

    I have one:

    absence seizures or ab-SON-ce seizures
     
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    I've only ever heard it pronounced "ab-sons," but both Stedman's and Webster pronounce it ab-sents (the "normal" way to say it).

    This thread's giving me a reason to actually use my Stedman's that I've had sitting on my shelf since M1 year. :D
     
  16. BigRedBeta

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    I didn't believe you at first. I don't think I've ever heard anyone (and I mean ANYONE) ever say it with a long "a" sound. But lo and behold, Stedman's has the pronunciation that way...
     
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    I've never heard tampon-aid before and just reading it grates on my nerve. I don't have a problem with the others except for sontimetres. That's a crime against language. It also doesn't help that the only person I've ever heard use it is a horrific ******* of a neurosurgeon who also pronounces substantia nigra as substantia niagara. No evidence has yet been found to explain why he's allowed to live.
     
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    So, apuh-tosis or a-pop-tosis?
     
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    I refuse to use "sontimeters" too. The first time I heard it (on one of my 3rd year rotations) I had to ask someone what it meant. I thought it was some kind of weird technical measurement having to do with ultrasound. :p
     
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    neur-onn or neur-own?
     
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    A-pop-tosis.

    Neur-onn

    Neur-own-al


    BTW, there's no logic behind any of this. I just go with what sounds natural.
     
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    "sku-lee-tal" for skeletal...holy **** dude.
     
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    That's, unfortunately, how I say "skeletal" in my head about 1/3 of the time only because I had a European college professor for a bio class, and I heard it a lot in England in class. I pronounce it normally when I speak.
     
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    yeah, it was a guy who studied in england. I was startled when he said it and I thought I was having a stroke.
     
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    Same reason that I sound like a doofus when I say capillary as "kuh-PILL-ary" instead of "CAP-ill-ary"
     
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    I'll do that one too.

    The ones I could never say and drive me nuts to hear are "ah-MYE-no" and "MEEth-eh-late."
     
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    Whenever I read 'orthopedic' my mind says 'orthopaedic' with some imaginary extra 'e' inflection. I've tried to stop but it's like having a song stuck in your head.
     
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    Some of these pronunciations would seriously make me want to vomit if I heard them. If I have to survive a 12 week clerkship listening to some schmoe say sonti-meters every two seconds I'll jump out a window. :bang:
     
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    Ab-Son-ce because the term was coined by a French physician (Calmeil).
     
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