Lordosis, spondylosis, disc-osteophyte, foraminal stenosis, thecal sac, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, ossified posterior ligamentum — trying to make sense of a medical analysis like this in one sitting transfers pain from my neck to my head (which solves part of my problem, at least). While Google is handy, someone needs to come up with a comprehensive Medical Jargon to Plain English wiktionary.
You get this significant reverse-spoiler effect… It’s sort of as if knowing things puts you in a position that gives you certain advantages to understand the plot.
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To use a big word or a foreign word when a small one and a familiar one will answer the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance. Great scholars and writers and polite speakers use simple words.”
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
›› Stephen King
Also, Dictionary.com was not included or linked because the overwhelming number of banner ads on their site slows down search results significantly and makes me generally dislike/distrust them.
If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts. But do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites, standing for absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.