Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The value of good grammar

There is a popular quote by Mark Twain that goes:

Grammar does more than most of us give it credit for. For example:

This entire post is inspired by one of those forwards that my tweeting friend Dale loves so much ;)
I was tied to a chair and forced to read these (j/k) and giggled a lot. A lot of funny things would never happen if all of us were careful with our grammar. 

So I tip my hat to bad grammar and ill use of the English language. So much humor would be missed otherwise.

And in honor of it, I share the forwarded email.

The following are actual, unedited, notes written in patients' medical charts

-Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
-On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared completely.
-The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1993.
-The Patient refused an autopsy.
-Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
-She is numb from the toes down.
-The skin was moist and dry.
-She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.
-The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
-Skin: Somewhat pale but present.
-Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. ----, who felt we should sit on the abdomen, and I agree.
-Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
-She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.
-The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.


  1. I couldn't stop laughing at those. For some, I'm not even sure what they meant to say.

  2. Oh golly, now I'm laughing in class. :) Love this post!

  3. Oh my goodness. That was a much-needed laugh today :)

  4. I hadn't seen the last comic. So funny! Thanks for sharing.

  5. You would think doctors would be smarter than that :) I was going to post the grandma comic next friday. But you beat me to it *snaps fingers*

  6. Oh my gosh, those last two kill me!!

  7. Shelly...

    Great blog! I am ashamed to say that I've seen a few of your comments on our blog and I'm only now hopping over to your cosmos to say hello. Love it and I'm sure I'll be back. Thanks again for commenting though ... you're right, my post was way too deep. :) Serves me right for staying up past my bedtime. I don't take responsibility for anything I write past 10:00. :)

  8. Awesome! Could not.Stop.Laughing! Loved it, thanks so much for the laughs! :D

  9. LOL! Oh man, this is hilarious.

  10. those are GRATE!
    does it boher you that i dont capitalize or use apostropys =)
    hee hee

  11. bad gramer isn't bothering me Tara it macks me laff, member?

  12. These are great.




  13. Thanks for the laugh - these were great and just what I needed today!

  14. This is hilarious. Thanks for bringing the laughs I needed today. :)

  15. Are you sure the teenager one was a mistake? These were great, thanks for sharing.

  16. Ohhhh...

    My belly hurts from laughing. XD

  17. Reading your blog always brightens my day (or night). Those we're highlarious! :)

  18. Love the Mark Twain saying and the cartoons. Thanks for the laugh! Found you on the Dojo Blog -- hello from a fellow ninja writer! :)


    Join me in the Trick or Treat Spooktacular! Could you help make the Grand Prize a brand new Kindle Touch?

  19. See, this is why they're Doctors and not writers :-)

  20. Thanks for the laugh! Loved the poor grammar ones.

  21. "Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities."

    Haha. Priceless!

    Thanks for the superfun post!


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