Friday, 3 February 2012

ascultation of a dog's gut

Arriving home recently after a somewhat worrying visit to the vet, I took a moment to enjoy a new word.

There it was in the consultation notes.

Hmm... he'd been listening to my dog's gut through his stethoscope and I seem to recall I heard the Italian teacher at school, when she wanted a child to listen to her, say something like: "ascolta!'

So, it must mean listening.

Over to the Online Etymology Dictionary and there it was:
"act of listening," 1630s, from L. auscultationem (nom. auscultatio), from auscultatus (see auscultate). Medical sense is from 1821.
I'll have to think of a reason to use it soon. Not that I want to go back to the vet.


proud womon said...

that'll be a hard one to just slip into an everyday sentence!!! i was glad to read penny is on the improve...

parlance said...

proud womon, I sort of hope I don't get a chance to use this word, because it seems to be tied up with medical visits!