Monday, November 29, 2004


Gonosyphiherpelaids is an all purpose term that some of my family members use as an umbrella term meaning “every possible communicable disease.” I used to cringe at this. It is rather gross. But the word comes to mind every time we are assaulted by a TV ad for the “pill” or “patch.” These ads show up at the most ridiculous moments - I mean, can’t I watch JEOPARDY with my children without being bludgeoned with this garbage? The beautiful aura of each commercial is disturbed by a calm voice reminding us that the pill does not protects against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Why don’t they just say “Gonosyphiherpelaids?” Because that is what they mean.

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