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#123920 - 02/26/04 10:45 AM Re: genuine
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Don't they tend to use Greek roots in the medical terminology? -ectomy is ultimately from the Greek.


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#123921 - 02/26/04 10:54 AM Re: genuine
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Glossalgia or glossodynia avoid mixing Latin and Greek.
So I'm biting my tongue again.


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#123922 - 02/26/04 11:01 AM Re: genuine
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Dear Bill-- Not a problem. I was just wondering out loud if there was a procedure called a glossectomy? And after googling, I see there is. Didn't US Grant have one? Or did he just die of tongue cancer? In re your other two words: is there a difference between glossalgia and glossodynia?


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#123923 - 02/26/04 11:37 AM Re: genuine
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Dear jheem: I don't remember seeing either of those words
before I found them a few minutes ago. I see no likely difference. Never heard of Pres.Grant's problem. Oral cancers from snuff are not rare, but I'll bet they hit the cheeks or gums first. Good thing lies don't cause cancer. Or maybe fear of it would encourage veracity.
Trying to think of a fancy word for Pinocchio's problem.


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#123924 - 02/26/04 11:43 AM Re: genuine
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Trying to think of a fancy word for Pinocchio's problem.

How about rhinauxesis? Rhinogigantasm?



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#123925 - 02/26/04 11:48 AM Re: genuine
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Dear jheem: better than I could do. But to be mischievous,
I challenge you to incorporate idea that it is a punishment.


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#123926 - 02/26/04 11:57 AM Re: genuine
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Yes, Bill, I thought what is it about Pinocchio's nose. Sure it grows, but it's also as a punishment for his lying. Greek has trouble with this sort of compounding, but Sanskrit would be perfect for it, sometimes combining a whole bunch of words together into a 4 or n word compound. Let me think about it and get back to you.


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#123927 - 02/26/04 01:21 PM Re: genuine
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The Greeks were reputed masters of the art of wilful misrepresentation to achieve goals. Odysseus was much
admired for his skill at deception. If Greeks had a
Pinocchio, he would have been rewarded by enlargement
of the phallus, not punished by protrusion of the proboscis.

In thinking about infant on father's knee, it occurred to me
that the Roman diaper service was so inadequate that to take
an alimentary canal with a loud noise at one end and no
reponsibility at the other onto the paternal knee would have
not been at all appealing.


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#123928 - 02/26/04 01:32 PM Re: genuine
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Ya don' spose the nose was a whaddaya callit? like Aphrodite spranging from Zeus's brow?


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#123929 - 02/26/04 03:43 PM Re: genuine
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Dear Faldage: Old Zeus must have been c...headed. Twice?
After a time Zeus developed the mother of all headaches. He howled so loudly it could be heard throughout the earth. The other gods came to see what the problem was. Hermes realized what needed to be done and directed Hephaestus to take a wedge and split open Zeus's skull. Out of the skull sprang Athena, full grown and in a full set of armour. Due to her manor of birth she has dominion over all things of the intellect.



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