I don’t know if it is a good idea to start the first post of a blog with the phrase “I have a thing for”. But I want to do it.
I have a thing for words. The definition. The subtle differences between the words with apparent same meaning. The origin and etymology.
Even for the very common words that I use everyday.
Last month, I was reading an interview with Ahmad Shamlou. I needed to use my pencil sharpener a couple of times for those 10 pages, as there were many lines that I colored deep red with my colored pencil.
Among all of those colored lines, one particularly repeats itself in my head:
It’s obvious. A man who knows fewer words, have a more limited mind. We don’t think using images. We think using words. Words are our tool [to think].Ahmad Shamlou – Sinbad on the Journey of Death
I love learning new words. I love learning about them – there is even a word for that: logophile.
In addition to learning new words, I also want to make sure that I use the words I know correctly.
One of these everyday using words for me is diagnosis.
But what is the definition of diagnosis?
I know the image of making a diagnosis. In emergency departments – where I spent the last 3 months in them – I did it all the time. Had I wanted to use words, not images, what should I have done? How can I exactly describe it?
I’ve recently started reading a book named Diagnosis – Interpreting the Shadows for my MD thesis.
There was a definition of the word diagnosis at the beginning of the first chapter. It was one of those lines that I instantly colored – Although this time with a oil pastel.
A diagnosis is an explanation of a pathological condition with determination of the underlying cause(es) and pathophysiology.
A complete and accurate diagnosis explains physical manifestations, predicts the natural course and likely outcomes, anticipates potential complications, and leads to suggested treatment options.Diagnosis – Interpreting the Shadows
I have a thing for words.
This is the reason that I wanted the very first post of this blog – even before introducing myself – to be a definition of a word that I use many times everyday.