As with any job that surrounds its employees with specific, recurring odd situations, slanguage develops. If you spend many years as a media tit, no doubt you end up spewing TLAs (Three-Letter-Acronyms, a nice self-referential phrase) because your predicament is unique, isolated and predictable. hence you have pre-fabbed phrases that refer to your daily grind.

It’s even better, however, when such slang occurs within places that hold a certain reverence normally; say a hospital, where people in need and trauma are dealt with on a day to day basis. The Daily Telegraph in the UK has found that some UK hospitals have secret slang for colleagues or even for patient types (ie, ones with hilariously unbelievable reasons for getting that jam jar stuck in their anus, such as – ‘Well, I sat down really hard on this chair, see, and I completely forgot that there was a massive jam jar there, and it went right up my trouser sock’ etc etc). There’s even a dictionary – compiled by a consultant in palliative medicine, Paul Keeley, of Glasgow Royal Informary.

Here are some of the best ones:

‘Hasselhoff’, – a patient who gives doctors in accident and emergency a bizarre explanation for their injury, coined after former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff said last year that he had hit his head on a chandelier while shaving.

Disco biscuit is an ecstasy tablet (actually common drug slang anyway)

Father Jack – a Father Ted reference, is a confused and elderly patient who constantly shouts and tries to get out of bed.

Blamestorming – a session of mutual recrimination in which a team tries to find someone to blame for an error.

MacTilt – describes how a Macmillan nurse tilts his or her head to convey sympathy

Jack Bauer – describes a doctor who is still up and working after 24 hours – after the lead character from the TV series 24.

via Ananova

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