A little pet peeve - page 2

OK, I just gotta say this, but I know it's really petty: WEITLANER!!!!!!!! It's called a WEITLANER!!!!! W-E-I-T-L-A-N-E-R!!!!!!! So why do even experienced nurses persist in adding a... Read More

  1. by   Stargazer
    We used to have so many patients asking for "Phen-uh-grin" that one of the nurses I worked with started writing it that way in the nurses' notes, just to be funny.
  2. by   ladyjane
    ideal instead of idea
  3. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    ROFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Well Stevie lol I pronouce it correctly but with my southern twag it sounds as if I put a D in it but I do not , but atleast I know what to hand when its said. lol .Hey I can even pass it before the Dr thinks he needs it ROFLMAO
    So does it get on your nevers when the Dr asks for the "thingamajig"?
    Zoe
  4. by   NurseGirlKaren
    (i thought it was weitlander too...but I've only ever heard it from one doc and one tech, so at least it's only 2 people that i've heard it wrong from....)

    I hate it when people say orientated, too. Or defibulator or abdomum.
  5. by   spineCNOR
    stevierae,

    I think the "D" was added because it is easier to say that way. You are right, many people think that the correct pronunciation/spelling includes a "D".

    Some of my favorites--

    where I work, one of our pick room techs calls the arterial tray the "artillery tray". Many of us have picked up on this, and now I even think of it as the artillery tray!

    Hewson suture passers - many people call them "Houston" suture passers.

    Ferris Smith forceps = "Ferris Bueller" pick-ups

    Patients often say - "the doctor is going to fix my "rotary cup"

    Once when on call, the hospital operator called me in for "a reproduction of a hip"--after pondering several minutes I realized she meant reduction of a dislocated hip.


    And Zoe - what about when the surgeon asks for "give me an uh, uh, uh..."

    -or- "give me a Whatchamacallit...No, not that one!"
  6. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Yes I usually give the surgeon the Thingamabob and hopes that what he wants.......
    Had a PA once ask me for the castanetts... , the castros, the ferris buellers, and the thing over there with teeth.
    How I love those
    Zoe
  7. by   NurseGirlKaren
    (warning--not politically correct...)

    One doc asks for the "West Virginia clamp"--you know, the one WITHOUT teeth!!
  8. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by NurseGirlKaren
    (warning--not politically correct...)

    One doc asks for the "West Virginia clamp"--you know, the one WITHOUT teeth!!
    That's a good one!!

    I used to workwith an Arabic doctor who called Israel rakes "Palestinian retractors."

    And a vascular guy who could never remember Castroviejo, so he called it "Garcia y Vega" (like the cigar.)

    I think since "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" almost everybody has taken to callling Ferris-Smiths "Ferris-Bueller's."

    Also non-PC, but common: calling Ferris-Smith's "Polish Adsons."
    Last edit by stevierae on Jan 21, '03
  9. by   NurseShell
    That orientated thing irritates me to no end too!! One of our instructors even included that error in a lecture once and warned us that if she ever heard any of us say it she'd wring our necks!

    Also "prostrate" gland - prostate
    Or how about "auldtimer's" instead of Alzheimer's

    I know there are more, but I can't think of them at the moment - probably a defense mechanism
  10. by   Marijke
    How about idear instead of idea.

    Marijke
  11. by   plumrn
    nurseshell, I've heard all of those!
    Another one I hear occasionally, "O2 Stat" instead of Sat.
  12. by   Nurse Izzy
    Here's one - implemented instead of implanted. I'm a nursing student, and one of our instructors says that all the time when talking about a fertilized egg being implemented in the uterus...

    Thanks for the definition on the Weitlaner - I'll be one up when we do our surgery rotation!

    By the way - I think the name comes from German which may be why so many people have trouble with it. That's another laugh I got (my first college degree was in German) - when our stupid, ignorant, imbecile (does that cover it?) instructor for GYN tried to pronounce Mittleschmerz and Spinnbarkheit...
  13. by   kimmicoobug
    I have to admit that I have slipped and said "O2 stat" on occasion. I also use "woken up" quite frequently in my normal everyday language. (Maybe I should take another English course to remedy this problem).

    I hear quite a bit, "dypsnea" instead of "dyspnea".

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