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I have had a real issue with this word almost since its introduction into medical vernacular. I often plagiarize a physician’s response I read sometime ago on social media, “Sorry, I never went to provider school. I went to medical school.” When I was a child, we used to respond to hurtful comments about our racial and ethnic backgrounds with a pithy jingle, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” How untrue this was then, and still is now. We have evolved as a society to the understanding that WORDS ARE POWERFUL, and what we call ourselves and each other, how we describe a given situation, very much matters and can very much hurt or help our interpersonal relationships.
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