Verboticism: Soothesay

'This may hurt a little. So tell me, how are your kids?'

DEFINITION: n., Forced small talk used by professional caregivers to put patients at ease. (Not usually effective.) v., To ask insipid questions while subjecting a person to an intimate, awkward or painful procedure.

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: sue-th-say

Sentence: The soothesaying ran on endlessly throughout the consultation until finally at the end the doctor gasped for a drink of water and I managed to sneak out of the surgery before she could launch into her predictions for my future health.

Etymology: soothe + say + soothsayer

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Comments: Soothesay

purpleartichokes - 2007-10-16: 09:32:00

aayeye - 2007-10-16: 10:11:00
Thanks for the chuckle!

OZZIEBOB - 2007-10-16: 23:04:00
Good sentence; nice word.