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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Prevention is better than cure, the saying goes. But sometimes no amount of prevention helps, and we are forced to visit those trained in the healing arts. Like any profession, the world of medicine has its own jargon. If you have come down with a bad case of medical jargonitis, help is near. Here is our prescription: take the five words in this week's dose and email us next week.
rhinorrhea (ry-nuh-REE-uh) noun
noun: A runny nose.
[From Neo-Latin, from Greek rhino- (nose), -rrhea (flow).]
Another word with the same prefix: rhinoceros. Another word with the same suffix: logorrhea (excessive flow of words: talkativeness).
So what happens when you combine these two words? You redefine rhinorrhea: a rhinoceros who talks too much.
"Once the volunteers began sniffling, they rated the severity of their
symptoms of sneezing, rhinorrhea, stuffy noses, sore throat, cough,
headache, fatigue and chills."
We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and bones. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)