It bothers me when professionals themselves cannot pronounce their own job title correctly.

The person that takes care of my dental hygiene is called a hygienist. The correct pronunciation is “hi-jeen-ist” (not “hi-jen-ist”). If you do not believe me, please check it out.

On another note, this image was hard to find because some people assume that all dental hygienists are female.

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Back Pain Warnings


The reason I am writing this is to warn people about the pitfalls of self treatment, in particular for back pain.


There are many commercials and advertisements for treatment of back pain, but it is important to consult with a physician before resorting to self treatment with pills and various devices to avoid undesired consequences.


For example, it was recently recommended to me that I should get an elastic back support to ease my back pain. Before doing so, I consulted my physician. He said absolutely DO NOT do that. I have elected not to provide the reason because each case is unique.



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Cheapskate Concessionaire

The other day, my 16-year-old granddaughter was at Rye Playland amusement park, located in Westchester, NY. Since she is a loyal follower of my blog, she related this tale to me so that I may publish it.

Here it is!

While buying some Carvel ice cream, she noticed that someone had purchased a cone with sprinkles. The usual way this is prepared at Carvel stores is for the cone to be totally immersed in sprinkles, as can be seen here.

Instead, however, the vendor placed a bare spoonful of sprinkles on the cone.








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Make Up Your Own Words

While watching cable news, I get to hear many members of Congress speak. To my disappointment, I find many of them unable to speak as well as a mature, supposedly well-educated person should.

This representative used the word “essentually” instead of “essentially” in her comments.

She also said “ek setera” when she spoke.

I hope she is more articulate with regard to forming legislation than she is at speaking.

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Verizon Still Doesn’t Get It

I had three FiOS set-top boxes and decided to return one.

That part of the process was easy. I was sent a “return kit” consisting of packing materials and a prepaid label.

Then, things went wrong. The representative offered to show me an estimate of what my new bill would look like. What showed up on my screen looked exactly like my old bill, still showing that I had three set-top boxes (she called them “set-up boxes”).

I tried to explain that it had the wrong number of boxes in the estimate. She explained that the change would not show up until Verizon received the box I sent. WHAT?

Clearly, the document was not a true estimate. I tried for 15 minutes to explain why. It was a waste of time.


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Reply to Medical Appointments

The use of digital devices by medical professionals to remind patients about appointments is increasing.

However, there is a major glitch in the way this is being implemented. Emails and text messages are being sent without any provision for reply.

That is not the big problem. The big problem occurs when the communication is sent to the wrong person. There is no way for that recipient to correct this. I know, because I have been the recipient of such dispatches at an increasing rate.

I hope this blog will inspire people to do something about it.

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I am bothered about the incorrect use of “however.” Sadly, I have seen very few examples of its proper use. Does anyone else care? If you do, then go visit this site.


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