Words

Words: The accurate use of language

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7137.1078 (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1078
  1. M D Middleton, retired consultant surgeon, Solihull

    Words are used to convey meaning. The passage of time can alter the generally accepted understanding of a word. A good example of this is the modern connotation of the word gay. In science and in surgery, however, a certain exactitude of meaning is necessary to accurately transfer information. This was well brought home to me …

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