Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor
A friend of mine told me she dreaded winter because her S.A.D. kicked in. After I inquired why she was sad, she patiently explained that S.A.D. was short for Seasonal Affective Disorder. I never heard of it, but if it made her sad, I was against it.
I’m pretty clear about A.D.D. but for a couple of years I thought people were talking about their kids installing house alarms. Once I got that straightened out it wasn’t as puzzling.
I notice that television shows often use letters in their titles. N.Y.P.D. was understandable but I thought the O.C. was a show about people doing something over and over, again. I didn’t think that was nice, to make fun of them like that, so I didn’t watch it.
I’m just as confused about illnesses that are named after the folks that discovered them. It would be simpler if they’d go by first names. Like, instead of Von Munchausen’s disease, which is hard to remember, you’d just call it Fred, which was the guy’s first name. And Waardenburg syndrome would be way easier to identify if you called it Pete.
I remember in the sixties how a friend of mine kept insisting he had to pick up his little sister at the drive-in. I thought that was sweet until someone told me that he meant he was taking L.S.D. I stopped hanging around with him, after that. He probably didn’t even have a sister.
I suppose I’m just going to ask folks to clarify exactly what they mean when they use initials. I don’t want to look stupid in front of the scholarly people that use descriptive shortcuts for serious words, like the time my cousin said she got her B.S.W. and I started a Go Fund Me for her.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing those initials on my arm with a Sharpie and looking them up on Wiki when I get a chance.
Unless, of course someone believes my M.O. to be a cry for an Rx for my G.A.D.
I’ll let you borrow my Sharpie if you need it.
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