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#62909 - 03/29/02 09:10 AM today's x-bonus
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"a pea in the ear" "iatric mystique" "ear wig" Years ago quacks kept a defunct earwig in vest poocket, to be produced to impress neurotics when allegedly removed from ear canal.


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#62910 - 04/15/02 08:10 AM Re: iatric mystique
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You can't really use "iatric" as a word, can you, Bill?

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#62911 - 04/15/02 10:50 AM Re: iatric mystique
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"iatric" is in my dictionary.


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#62912 - 04/15/02 11:27 AM Re: iatric mystique
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Well, iatric isn't in my AHD as a word, per se, and I just looked it up in MW Collegiate online, and iatric is only listed as a suffix. Another medical reference online did show iatric as a word unto itself referring to anything medicinal or having to do with the medical profession in general.

I expect it's a rare as heck word--but maybe one of the terms of art for your profession.




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#62913 - 04/15/02 12:52 PM Re: iatric mystique
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From my Webster's New World CD, a marvelous ten bucks worth that I have running minimized all the time.

iatric
adj.
5Gr iatrikos < iatros, physician < iasthai, to cure, heal6 of medicine or medical doctors; medical or medicinal Also iatrical



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#62914 - 05/06/02 04:17 PM Re: iatric mystique
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Dubdub:

I'm a compulsive crossword puzzle solver. I don't know what the phenomenon is, but filler words seem to be in vogue for a while, then disappear from the puzzlemakers' lexicons. Currently "iatric" with a definition "of or relating to medicine" is much in vogue.

I wonder what causes this phenomenon. And someone I know is a former puzzlemaker. I must track him down and ask.

TEd (who makes hay while the sun shines)

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