When your pet is scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure your first thought may be of the risks of anesthesia.
This is perfectly natural – the risks of general anesthesia are usually greater than that of the surgery itself.
It was first used almost exclusively on Usenet, but has since become widespread in other forms of computer-mediated communication and even face-to-face communication.
It is one of many initialisms for expressing bodily reactions, in particular laughter, as text, including initialisms for more emphatic expressions of laughter such as LMAO and they are collected along with emoticons and smileys into folk dictionaries that are circulated informally amongst users of Usenet, IRC, and other forms of (textual) computer-mediated communication.
Injectable anesthetics now each have their specific reversal agents and the gas anesthetics we use are quickly reversed by ventilation as your pet breaths them out of it's system.
These agents have dramatically reduced the risk to your pet.
Flipper’s cute and all, but not cute enough to eat. Original Name: Rapeseed Oil New Name: Canola Oil Why? We don’t really want to bake grandma’s famous Christmas cookies with something that sounds like the most horrific act in the world. Original Name: Patagonian Toothfish New Name: Chilean Sea Bass Why?
The fuzzy fruit is not the first to fall victim to (or be saved by, arguably) marketing companies of major food producers and distributors as a way to sell more product.
Laccetti (professor of humanities at Stevens Institute of Technology) and Molski, in their essay entitled The Lost Art of Writing, are critical of the terms, predicting reduced chances of employment for students who use such slang, stating that, "Unfortunately for these students, their bosses will not be 'lol' when they read a report that lacks proper punctuation and grammar, has numerous misspellings, various made-up words, and silly acronyms." Fondiller and Nerone in their style manual assert that "professional or business communication should never be careless or poorly constructed" whether one is writing an electronic mail message or an article for publication, and warn against the use of smileys and abbreviations, stating that they are "no more than e-mail slang and have no place in business communication".
Yunker and Barry in a study of online courses and how they can be improved through podcasting have found that these slang terms, and emoticons as well, are "often misunderstood" by students and are "difficult to decipher" unless their meanings are explained in advance.
Chilean sea bass makes the toothfish sound exotic and less like something you’d see mounted on the wall at your dentist’s office. If the idea of living in a nursing home tickles your fancy, you probably eat prunes and enjoy their name on the regs.
If you’re only interested in a dried fruit with an incredible amount of belly-busting fiber, the idea of eating grandpa’s favorite snack can be very unappealing.