The fromagerie cheese shop is one place. The tax office another. And definitely the bank. But in each of these settings I have never ended up without any clothes due to a poor understanding of French. No place in France do you need your French lingo more than the doctor's surgery.
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Doctor slang is a dying art Is doctor slang on the wane? The inventive language created by doctors the world over to insult their patients - or each other - is in danger of becoming extinct. So says a doctor who has spent four years charting more than colourful examples. Medicine is a profession already overflowing with acronyms and technical terms, and doctors over the years have invented plenty of their own. However, Dr Adam Fox, who works at St Mary's Hospital in London as a specialist registrar in its child allergy unit, says that far fewer doctors now annotate notes with abbreviations designed to spell out the unsayable truth about their patients. And the number of terms for patients believed to be somewhat intellectually challenged is enormous.
My French story: How a visit to the doctor in France left me naked and on all fours
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