Friday, November 15, 2019

Still Learning

I have lived most of my adult life in USA.  I thought I know almost every American slang and phrases.  But today I found out I still don't know many slangs and still in the learning stage.  This is what happened.
 
I had a severe lower back pain for the past one week. I thought it would go away.  But it did not.  So I made a doctor appointment and saw the doctor today.  She tested me for 15 minutes.  While testing me, she asked me several questions.   One of the question was:
 
Have you had an accident with your bladder or bowl?
 
I replied no I did not have an accident.   I did not fall down and/or hurt my bladder or bowl.
 
The doctor smiled and said:  I did not mean that.   I meant did you involuntarily pee or poop in the bed or in your pants.
 
I said no I did not.
 
Now I know what an accident with a bladder or bowl means (in USA).

10 comments:

  1. This is a common terminology when kids are being potty trained and they have an accident...

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    1. Thanks for your comments Dee. I said I am still learning.

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  2. It is not only in US that the slang or phrases denote something different I am not aware of but the learning process continues even In India where I live all my life as the way the youngsters speak sometimes are Greek and Latin to me.The emojis and smileys that get interspersed in the messages fox me always.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Mr. KP. You are correct. We cannot keep up with new terminologies every day.

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  3. I have come across this particular terminology in this context in India as well. Sometimes they use words like explosion (not exactly but similar) and the likes.. that I felt a more direct approach would benefit them :)

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. I understand what you are saying. I agree.

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  4. We live and learn. Sometimes the learning is funny as well.

    Hoping you never get to face a bladder/bowl accident.

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    1. Thanks for your comments KK. Hope never had to face such an accident.

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  5. Happens! :-) Indeed, we are all learning, all the time, aren't we?
    And here, where the cultural differences are far too many compared to many other places, the learning never ends!

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  6. Even simple words (we think) is difficult to understand when asked in a 'different' tone, context.

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