Joking apartBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b73 (Published 13 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b73
During the editing of this Review of the Week by Richard Smith (BMJ 2008;337:a2719, doi:10.1136/bmj.a2719), the author’s term “pisshouse” was changed to “pub” in the sentence: “Then, in true British and male style, Hammond met Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, in the pub and did a deal.” However, a pisshouse is apparently a gentleman’s toilet, and (in the author’s social circle at least) the phrase “pisshouse deal” is well known. (It alludes to the tendency of men to make deals while standing side by side and urinating.) In the more genteel confines of the BMJ Editorial Office, however, this term was unknown and a mistake was made in translating it into more standard English. We apologise for any misunderstanding this may have caused.
Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b73