What the jargon on "ER" used to sound like
Yes, we have HIV, cancer and plenty of other unsavory ailments, but there used to be a lot more, and they had some intriguing names. Ever wondered about apoplexy, catarrh, chilblains, mortification, flux of humor, scrivener's palsy or sanguineous crust? Now you know. Many of the terms are still current, including some that still sound hopelessly medieval, such as "confinement." This refers to a woman's period of labor, childbirth and recovery. When I was pregnant, my doctor had a large green index card listing all my vital stats, including a space near the bottom labeled "EDC." I asked her about it -- turns out it stands for "estimated date of confinement," i.e., due date. Wow, an old-fashioned medical term that doesn't even involve Latin!
Mimi Smartypants included these links on a recent post and I can't resist passing them on...
The 70s! The vests! Ohhhh the humanity.
Fonts that suck... why are there so many -- demand and supply? If so, exactly what sort of writers or designers are demanding them?