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OK.... I've heard different things... is either or neither correct? dilation/dilataion centimeter/sonameter ;) Thanks for input... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't think nurses are stupid at all. I think that comment is rather inflammatory, as a matter of fact.

    This thread nearly 4 years old , by the way.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on May 12, '07
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from hyperbarickim
    "Sonameter" is only used by the medical community.........mostly nurses. It makes nurses appear very unintelligent to the scientific community who all pronounce centimeter correctly. Whenever a nurse says "sonameter" to me, I tell them there is no such thing as a sonameter.

    Another one I hear is "on-a-cology" for oncology.

    How can nurses be so stupid?
    Well, I wouldn't say "stupid". That is a bit harsh.

    And it does bug me when a nurse or doc says "sonameter".

    There are lots of word pet peeves . . . . just today two nurses said "supposebly" . . . . I just try to keep a sense of humor about it.

    steph
  3. by   Myxel67
    [QUOTE=stevielynn;516667]I always thought people said "sontameter" to sound sophisticated and it has always bugged me. It is centimeter.

    Just a little peeve . . .


    I agree. It's similar to what some linguists call "bargain basement French." The person thinks the word is French and pronounces it the way they think it would be said in French (The Dr. Weaver character in ER said this all the time.) Back in highschool, my 11th grade English teacher pounded it into our heads that lingerie is pronouced with the first syllable rhyming with the last syllable of Pierre CarDIN, and the second & 3rd syllables rhyming with cherie. At that time, (1965) this was the first pronunciation in the dictionary. Now so many people say it the bargain basement french way (lahn jhe ray)--that it's now the first pronunciation in dictionary.... Mrs. Graves is probably turning over in her.....grave.

    My favorite nursism is "nare" (instead of naris) and nares rhyming with hairs instead of Aries.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from fourbirds4me
    I agree with the "section" term... However, I think it's better than "we're going to CUT her" ewwww LOL
    This is an old thread . . . but can't resist posting.

    I just say "she is having a cesarean".

    steph
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    [quote=Myxel67;2200797]
    Quote from stevielynn
    I always thought people said "sontameter" to sound sophisticated and it has always bugged me. It is centimeter.

    Just a little peeve . . .


    I agree. It's similar to what some linguists call "bargain basement French." The person thinks the word is French and pronounces it the way they think it would be said in French (The Dr. Weaver character in ER said this all the time.) Back in highschool, my 11th grade English teacher pounded it into our heads that lingerie is pronouced with the first syllable rhyming with the last syllable of Pierre CarDIN, and the second & 3rd syllables rhyming with cherie. At that time, (1965) this was the first pronunciation in the dictionary. Now so many people say it the bargain basement french way (lahn jhe ray)--that it's now the first pronunciation in dictionary.... Mrs. Graves is probably turning over in her.....grave.

    My favorite nursism is "nare" (instead of naris) and nares rhyming with hairs instead of Aries.
    I like that term . . . "nursism" . . .. .

    steph
  6. by   Kiwimid
    Quote from Gator,SN
    Good question. I've heard both too and thought that the person speaking had mis pornounced the words. I also hear orthopod, when talking about an orthopeadic surgeon.
    ??
    Gator
    hee hee i know this thread is old too but i just picked something up from this posting pornunced................hee hee :biere:
  7. by   Kiwimid
    sorry Gator,SN i spell badly too but it was funny.......:innerconfmy bad....
  8. by   cheshirecat
    Actually, the correct spelling is centimetre.

    We use orthopod for an orthopaedic surgeon a lot in the UK. I do not know the reason for this, other than it is quicker than saying orthopaedic surgeon.

    Have posted this as a bit of light relief. Hope you all had a good nurses week.
  9. by   Buggs
    The only folks I have heard say "sonometer" were nurse midwives, thought it was maybe a "cultural" thing. Either way, we all know what is being referred to. Now to get off topic--what about the varying use of abbreviations--of course most not approved...sometimes we feel like Sherlock Holmes figuring what is being talked about. Any favorites out there? One we use is SOB, but the common folks would think we are being offensive
  10. by   Nursechick07
    COW- computer on wheels for charting, one nurse blurted out "IS THAT COW STILL IN ROOM 204!?" That female patient overheard. And she was obese. Had a heck of a time trying to explain that one! :smackingf
  11. by   magz53
    my pet peeves are the use of the word nauseous vs. nauseated and mucus vs. mucous. One could go on and on......the plural of uterus being uteri and not uteruses. We are not allowed to use chemical symbols in our charting.....ie. MgSo4, FeSo4, Na, K etc. We have to write the word out. I think it is the dumbing down of America's educational system.........not the fault of nurses. I do think they are letting people out of nursing schools that never would have been admitted years ago. Schools are desperate for $$$ and have lowered standards. BSN programs in this area ( for RN's ) are 15 months of once a week, no tests, no clinical. Basically one can purchase a BSN today.....but that may be another thread.
  12. by   Pam I Am RN
    Magz 53, where can you get a BSN in 15months? Are you talking about the fast track programs for people with a Bachelors in something else getting a BSN?
  13. by   Pam I Am RN
    NurseChick they use that same story at my hospital about the COWS. I think it is a nurse urban legend.

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