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“The Q word”

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1286

Sleepwalking into trouble?

I appreciated reading Dr Warriner's article - but couldn't help
noticing he uses "somnambulistic" as a synonym for "quiet". Somnambulism
refers to sleep walking, a sight rarely seen nowadays thanks to reductions
in doctors' hours.

I would instead suggest the use of the term "quiescent". As you start
to pronounce this word, your team may glare at you as seem about to break
the Q-word code and unleash the "shift of hell", but you can instead
finish with a linguistic twist, leaving the Q-word code intact, and still
be able to impress with your verbosity.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

06 June 2009
William M Flowers
Medical student
University of Sheffield