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A Word for Everything!

Your brain needs a workout the same as the rest of you if it's to function properly, and word quizzes are an ideal way to provide this exercise for your little grey cells. Start now with these sample chapters from A Word for Everything, then get your very own copy and amaze your friends!

What do you call that little bit on the end of your shoelaces?

What's a polite name for those annoying, spoilt children you always get stuck next to in a bus or on a long distance flight?

And what on earth is a balthazar?

Go on ... I bet you're just a little bit curious, aren't you?

Where can you find the answer to these and 1073 other questions about words? 

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Here are a couple of excerpts ... See how many of these words you know, then check the answers at the bottom of this page. 

Chapter 2

“WHAT DO YOU DO? WHAT’S YOUR FATHER DO?”

I had occasion to visit the dentist last week ... and before you try to tell me that these days there's nothing to be scared about ... I know that. But the formative years of my teeth coincided with the introduction of Coca Cola out here, so I became well acquainted with a series of dentists and quite frankly, the experiences are seared into the reptilian depths of my brain.

We're talking survival here, folks ... pure and simple. That lizard part of my little grey cells dredges up tribal memories of some lumbering figure, bearing down on me with flint arrowhead and rock hammer for a spot of trephining on a tender part of my skull to release the evil spirits causing my pain, and the fear factor kicks in no matter how hard to I try to suppress it.

So it was with sweaty palms that I sat in the waiting room as the youngster (could she have been a day over 11?) emerged from the surgery and beckoned me in.

As I watched this slip of a girl (OK. Maybe on closer observation she was twenty-something), I wondered what ever possessed her to go into dentistry. Can you think of anything worse than spending your working day peering into people's mouths? 

Well, to answer my own question, "Yes."

Picture the scene ... it's a beautiful autumn morning, the birds are chirping in the trees, you spring out of bed, run to the open window, take a deep breath of fresh air, turn to your mum and say, "I'm going to be a proctologist!"

Why? In the name of all that's sane ... Why?

So as I sat in The Chair, I pondered some of the myriad medical specialists out there (anything to get my mind off what was going on) and wondered if there was even one that I could bring myself to do for a living. (And if you haven't guessed by now, let me just say that Nurse Nancy I'm not. I have not even a passing interest in the workings of the digestive tract of any other human being, so please don't tell me about your bowel habits, your hiatus hernia or your reflux ... I just don't want to know!)

A few possibilities that fought their way past the madman with the stone axe and into my conscious mind included: Ear, Nose & Throat (Too much halitosis. Ugh!)

Dermatologist (I once saw a photo of the skin's surface taken with an electron microscope ... Now there's the stuff of nightmares)

Podiatrist (I realise the foot is one of the unsung heroes of the anatomical world ... but wouldn't you think, that if there's a specialist for the foot, that there should, logically, be one for the hand, too?)

Urologist (No comment)

Otolaryngologist (Fancy doing that to your kids! "What does your mummy do, dear?"

"Um ... she's a otto ... an orta ... a orry ... She's a (sob sob) ... Mar-meee!")

By the way, otolaryngologist is just a flash name for our aforementioned ear, nose and throat bloke; a urologist studies the urinary tract in men and women and the genital tract in men; and the word proctologist comes from the Greek proktos (anus) and logos (study) ... Say no more!

Division of labour and specialisation of labour have enabled humans to achieve their top spot in the food chain. Once our ancestors realised that a few specialist hunters and gatherers could run around and get hot and sweaty while providing enough to feed the entire mob, it was no longer necessary for every individual to spend all day hunting hairy mammoth or collecting berries. So the less athletic members of the human race were then able to spend their time thinking and inventing and experimenting … How else would we have come up with Tupperware, eh?  

What you do to keep the wolf from the door is an important part of where you fit in the Grand Scheme of Things, how you see yourself and how others perceive you. No wonder we have so many words related to occupations!  

Set 1  

Match up the specialist with the job:  

nephrologist, pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, toxicologist, otolaryngologist, immunologist, cytopathologist, ophthalmologist, cardiologist,  neurophysiologist  

1. treats diseases of the ear, nose, and throat and some diseases of the head and neck, including facial plastic surgery

2. treats eye defects, injuries, and diseases

3. treats stomach disorders

4. conducts the diagnosis and treatment of allergic conditions 

5. treats heart disease

6. treats kidney disease

7. treats disorders of the nervous system and muscles

8. diagnoses disease by studying cells obtained from body secretions, scrapings, or aspiration

9. treats diseases of the lungs

10.treat people who have been poisoned by household or industrial toxins, environmental toxins, and prescription and nonprescription drugs  

Here’s one of those wonderful little pieces that float through cyberspace. No-one knows who wrote it, but we all wish we could take credit for it!  

A Brief History of Medicine  

"I have an earache...."  

2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.  

1000 A.D. - That root is heathen, say this prayer.  

1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.  

1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.  

1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.  

2003 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial! Here, eat this root.  

Set 2  

Have you ever stayed at the end of a film to watch the credits? Fascinating, isn't it? Apart from the fact that you wonder how any movie-maker ever makes any money, there are some wondrous job titles in there. Try your hand at matching up the terms with their meanings:  

segue, dailies, beat, mixer, looping, gaffer, cutter, dolly grip, best boy, breakaway  

1. assistant to the electrician

2. specially designed prop or set piece which looks solid by shatters easily

3. electrician

4. screening of footage before it is edited

5. crew member who moves the piece of equipment that the camera sits on to allow mobility of the camera

6. chief of the sound crew; responsible for the quality of the sound recording on a shoot

7. transition from one shot to another in editing

8. single unit of action

9. person responsible for assembling the various visual and audio components of a film into a coherent and effective whole.

10.an in-studio technique matching, synchronizing voice to picture  

Thaumaturgy (n) ‘the working of miracles or magic feats.’ This one comes from the Greek words for wonder (thauma) and work (ergon

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ANSWERS  

Set 1 Answers  

1. treats diseases of the ear, nose, and throat and some diseases of the head and neck, including facial plastic surgery - OTOLARYNGOLOGIST

2. treats eye defects, injuries, and diseases - OPHTHAMOLOGIST

3. treats stomach disorders - GASTROENEROLOGIST

4. conducts the diagnosis and treatment of allergic conditions - IMMUNOLOGIST

5. treats heart disease - CARDIOLOGIST

6. treats kidney disease - NEPHROLOGIST

7. treats disorders of the nervous system and muscles - NEUROPHYSIOLOGIST

8. diagnoses disease by studying cells obtained from body secretions, scrapings, or aspiration - CYTOPATHOLOGIST

9. treats diseases of the lungs - PULMONOLOGIST

10.treat people who have been poisoned by household or industrial toxins, environmental toxins, and prescription and nonprescription drugs - TOXICOLOGIST  

Set 2 Answers  

1. assistant to the electrician - BEST BOY

2. specially designed prop or set piece which looks solid by shatters easily - BREAKAWAY

3. electrician -GAFFER

4. screening of footage before it is edited - DAILIES

5. crew member who moves the piece of equipment that the camera sits on to allow mobility of the camera - DOLLY GRIP

6. chief of the sound crew; responsible for the quality of the sound recording on a shoot - MIXER

7. transition from one shot to another in editing - SEGUE

8. single unit of action - BEAT

9. person responsible for assembling the various visual and audio components of a film into a coherent and effective whole. - CUTTER

10.an in-studio technique matching, synchronizing voice to picture - LOOPING  

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ANSWERS

What do you call that little bit on the end of your shoelaces? An AGLET, of course.

What's a polite name for those annoying, spoilt children you always get stuck next to in a bus or a long distance flight? The polite term is MAMMOTHREPT ... you may call them what you will under your breath!

And what on earth is a BALTHAZAR? It's a large wine bottle holding about 12 litres, 16 times the volume of a regular bottle ... just the thing for Friday drinkies after a hard week at work!

 

 

 

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