Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Having one of these is not funny


funny word of the day: goiter

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

goi·ter
Pronunciation:
\ˈgȯi-tər\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French goitre, from Middle French, back-formation from goitron throat, from Vulgar Latin *guttrion-, guttrio, from Latin guttur
Date:
1625
: an enlargement of the thyroid gland visible as a swelling of the front of the neck — compare hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism
— goi·trous \ˈgȯi-trəs, ˈgȯi-tə-rəs\ adjective
Not only are these not funny but they seriously might be one of the grossest things I've ever seen. However, the word does qualify as funny so I felt it was worth a post!
If you think you have a goiter or want to know more (why, I don't know), this is a very comprehensive website: http://www.endocrineweb.com/goiter.html

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