Awful sounding Vs. silly sounding! Disease names & their impact!

FernRhizome

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As the media buzzes with XMRV articles this week I was struck by the irony of the following sentence in one of the articles:

"The virus, dubbed XMRV for the awful-sounding xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus . . ."
from Cancer News Today


What a fast turnabout XMRV is making in the public understanding of CFS from the "silly sounding" name of "chronic fatigue syndrome" to something "awful-sounding."
 

Sunday

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I agree about the name appropriateness, thanks for the spellout.

Although I can't help a frivolous response: what is a "virus-related virus"??? Is that like a chicken-related chicken? Or rice-related rice?
 

Dr. Yes

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More like saying "a friend of a friend". (or of Friend) :Retro wink:


wow, I actually made a retrovirology pun
 

FernRhizome

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You all got me laughing.....yes virus-related virus sounds so doubly viral intense! Scary for sure! Great retrovirology pun dr. yes....