Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seriously, who talks like that?

My daughter has shingles. How weird is that? The only people I know who have had shingles are, well, old. (Sorry, but I call 'em the way I see 'em). And they are pasty. And they are inclined to watch Lawrence Welk.

While musing over the odd turn of events, Daughter and I wondered about the name of the illness, figuring that it came about because the shingles rash looks a little (very little) like a roof. Well, that's what I thought. Daughter figured that the guy who invented shingles (discovered?) was 'Edward Shingles.' Perusing the internet did not, however, verify her statement. But we both agreed that 'shingles' beat 'herpes zoster' hands down.

While Son and I discussed his sister's random diagnosis, he exclaimed, "Shingles! Isn't that a seafaring disease?" After eliminating the possibility of 'barnacles', I am quite certain that he was referring to 'scurvy' which we called 'ricketts' when we were kids, which actually probably was named after poor, unfortunate 'Edward Ricketts'.

But that is not my point. The point is: Seriously, who talks like that? He could have asked "Shingles! Isn't that the disease that you get on ships?" or "Shingles! I thought that was something sailors got".

But no. 'Seafaring Disease'.



Matthew Gamblin said...

I guess, in my perusal of the internet, I had yet to validate the source of shingles. Therefore, I determined that it was a particularly cogent argument.


Amanda P said...

Haha. Now I almost wish it was a seafaring disease I had procured. Alas, I guess I'll have to do my best with the geriatric one instead.