Monday, September 21, 2009

Quacks

I quite like that the Times of India calls fake doctors quacks as a matter of course.

Mind you, the doctors named - scare quoted even - have not been to trial. Is it a sign of a young legal system that language is not used more gingerly?

13 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think the Monty Python treatment is called for.
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Rusty Shackleblart said...

A fake "doctor" is a real doctor.

Substance McGravitas said...

A fake "doctor" could be anything really.

Rusty Shackleford said...

Not by my misunderstanding of the Transitive Property it can't.

Substance McGravitas said...

Y'know, I can't write anything decent in response to that, so, um, look over there!

mikey said...

I think it's at least possible that we've forgotten what independent journalism looks like.

Here, it would be more like: "after sixteen patients died, some people called for an investigation into the licensing of the doctors, who some have called "quacks". Others were quick to point out that many healers were unlicensed throughout history, and it was unfair to consider even the likes of Hippocrates a quack.

A spokesman for the Duck community complained about the use of the term "quack" as a pejorative, saying "you cannot tar the language of an entire species in such a cavalier fashion" and suggesting the possibility of litigation. Shortly afterward,a Goose community organizer speaking on the condition of anonymity was quoted as saying "HEY! Don't even THINK about it, Honkey!". Although no one had contacted them, a spokesman for the American Chiropractors Association called this newspaper's managing editor to remind her that Chiropractors serve an important role in the community and should not be considered as the vocalization of any species of fowl whatsoever."

Rusty Shackleford said...

I believe the duck would be calling the goose "honky."

The goose would call the duck "motherfucker."

herr "doktor" bimler said...

Chiropractors serve an important role in the community
As landfill?

herr doktor bimler said...

the doctors named - scare quoted even - have not been to trial.
I can have "Double Blind" joke?

tigris said...

Veiled twin eyeball research reference?

herr doktor bimler said...

To tell the truth I prefer experiments on identical triplets -- that way you have a spare.

Substance McGravitas said...

It's worth the extra cage?

herr doktor bimler said...

The preferred term these days is "student accommodation".