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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I noticed the substitution of “I’m at the end of my patients” for “I’m at the end of my patience” while reading today, and “end of my patients” gets about 28 hits on Google, so it wasn’t an isolated event. The noun “patient” and the noun form of the verb “to be patient” have apparently been mixed up here; considering that they’re identical in the singular/infinitive, I suppose it makes sense. Maybe they’re imagining a doctor with a bad luck streak, who’s running out of people to care for?
“The constant problems continue and I have reached the end of my patients.” – http://geniusine.modblog.com/?show=mbdi … g=politics
“I’m at the end of my patients with seeing dealers because it’s a huge inconvenience for me to drive to one.” – http://www.shopping.com/xPR-Subaru_2000 … 3224473220
Last edited by caili_fury (2006-07-09 09:18:16)
Here’s the converse of that one (found in an online dentist recommendation today):
Eco conscious dentist who is very caring, generous, NOT expensive and really gives a hoot about his patience.