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Doc Rat: Medical Jargon

Today's Doc Rat was funny - but I had to go to an Oz Jargon site to get the meaning of "L.A.D. was cactus".

Listening to medicos and nurses chatter can be like trying to decipher Schwyzerdütsch as spoken by a Texan...


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torakiyoshi
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
So... you aren't gonna tell us?

-=Kiyoshi
ccdesan
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Cactus: dead, not functioning ("this bloody washing machine is cactus")
torakiyoshi
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, sir. *Bows*

-=Kiyoshi, who knows not any Oz Jargon sites
carlfoxmarten
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
The juxtaposition of a highly-trained professional alongside the enthusiasm and incredulity of youth made that one so funny.
r_caton
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Trained, yes.... mightily able in his environment too, as the Fuzz incident demonstrated...
but put Ben with Dani and he's as helpless as the rest of us in our dealings with the fair sex....
ccdesan
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
... and that's just not fair!
alaskawolf
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
i wish he was my GP
deckardcanine
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wait -- "Mr. Mister Fuzz"? Was the redundancy intentional, like his real first name is Mister?
sleepyjohn00
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
This is why I suggested to Jenner that there should be a Doc Rat forum. He shied away from the idea, alas. Maybe someday.
secoh
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
it's a good comic for sure!
It's good to see familiar jargon for a change instead of the vast flood of US stuff.

Yeah, "cactus" means broken, not functioning, damaged beyond use etc etc or otherwise "broken, with a capital 'F'".

Another of course is "rooted", which means pretty much the same thing, but generally a replacement for the "F" word (aka "to have a root" is to have sex). So it would go some way to explaining the hilarity that ensured when a Texan friend sang the "Rooting Song" (as in rooting for the team) for us. Taken in the local context it was the funniest thing I had heard in a long time, and I had to explain why afterwards.
ccdesan
Apr. 14th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
It was imperative while vacationing in Ireland to remember that when driving, one never offers someone a "ride"... but rather, a "lift".

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