The past 2 weeks, I have had certain patients reading letters of the chart in my exam room in a way I never pciked up on before.
Before someone accuses me of being racist, I know culture may play a role here. I mean, often times, I can tell if my pts. studied Hebrew or an Asian language at some point if they read the letters backword fluidly
I can think of 4-5 African American patients lately that pronounced "R" as 'arrrah.' It's not like I have never seen AfroAmer. patients before. But I found it weird that a bunch of pts, all unrelated, all recently, pronounced it the same way. Being that some of them had a bit of a Southern twang, I assumed that perhaps they were from down south.
But then yesterday, I had a white lady who just moved up here from the south and she didn't say the "R" the same way. She just said "Ar"
So is that pronounciation a cultural difference of sorts? Or a new thing? It's just weird that I am only picking up on it right now.
Also, this past year, when I say "better or worse", I have had an increasing number of patients, more the young than the old, say "WORSER". So many people are saying it that I have to ask, is that the product of miseducation? Or some sort of new lingo going around in the form of bad grammer?
just a thought.
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