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Chris -- 2015-05-30
The most interesting case came in several years ago. She was an extremely elderly backwoodsy lady who said that she has “worms coming from her privates.” I took her right back to a pelvic room and grabbed the surgeon to go in and check this out. He could not place the speculum, so we had to do a visual, and sure enough, there were some kind of long things but they broke off in the DR’s hand. Bottom line, she had forgotten a vital fact. She has prolapse of the uterus, and had used a potatoe as a pissery. It was in a dark warm place and grew! It was not too easy getting it out either!!!!!!
An amazing case of . This paragraph is from a nurse’s list of funny eggcorny mistakes her patients have made. But you might have been as puzzled as I was about using a potato as a pissery. I found out that a pessary is a tampon or some sort of medical device inserted to support falling organs. Pessaries are also used for incontinence.
Last edited by David Bird (2011-11-19 14:25:14)
Thank you (?) for that story. I’ll be back as soon as I’ve mopped up my lunch.
“Pessary” is new to me. The word seems to come from a Latin term for a plug. One use of a pessary is to prevent urine leakage, so “pissary” would be an appropriate substitution (though “antipissary” would make more sense).
“Pissary” for “pessary” is well-established on the web. Here’s someone who confesses to the eggcorn:
Last edited by kem (2014-07-18 15:06:49)
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.