12 Aug 2007 05:19 pm

How Do You Spell Complementary Medicine?

I can’t spell.

And even if I could spell… I don’t know what half the words mean… and don’t even get me started on punctuation or sentence structure.

I know you know. You don’t have to be polite. You don’t have to look surprised. You don’t have to act like you didn’t notice.

I’m okay with it.

Oh sure, I might laugh and pretend like I just didn’t notice the “typo.” But they’re not typos. Not really.


So there it is, boys and girls. It cannot be denied. If it weren’t for Spell Check, my literature would be literally littered with the illiterate leavings of a literary loser.

Fortunately, Dr. Dino has been working tirelessly to correct the deficiencies in my dismal education. And, needless to say, he has his work cut out for him.

For you see, I was a victim of both the public school system and that twofold learning disability common to young boys. (And yes, you guessed correctly.) When I wasn’t mooning over the little red-haired girl in the front row… I was gazing out the window dreaming of recess.

Consequently, I don’t know the difference between stuff I don’t even know the names of.


Anyhoo… for this week’s lesson, Dr. Dino has chosen to illustrate (to my ultimate shame and humiliation) the difference between complimentary medicine and complementary medicine. And sure, he didn’t come right out and say I was the guilty party… he’s too kind for that.

But we all know it was I.

Somewhere… at sometime… I mixed up the two and once again unwittingly revealed my ignorance to the entire world.

So, if you need me, I’m the one in the corner wearing the dunce cap. (And yes, I’m still mooning over the little red-haired girl and dreaming of recess.) 🙂



Update: Two more great articles on Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) by Dr. Dino:

The Real Issue With CAM, August 9th, 2007

More on “CAM”, August 10th, 2007


12 Responses to “How Do You Spell Complementary Medicine?”

  1. on 12 Aug 2007 at 6:56 pm 1.#1 Dinosaur said …

    Er, sorry to disappoint you, Dean, but it definitely wasn’t you. Still, I love this sentence: “…my literature would be literally littered with the illiterate leavings of a literary loser.” [not “looser”, which means “not as tight.”]

  2. on 12 Aug 2007 at 6:58 pm 2.#1 Dinosaur said …

    But thanks for the link.

  3. on 12 Aug 2007 at 10:01 pm 3.Dean said …

    See what I mean? I’m a moron. 🙂

    (Now, off to correct my mistake.)

  4. on 12 Aug 2007 at 10:20 pm 4.A Bohemian Road Nurse... said …

    Great blog—-I’m glad I found it.

  5. on 12 Aug 2007 at 11:06 pm 5.Dean said …

    Thanks Bohemian Road Nurse. I like your blog, too.

  6. on 13 Aug 2007 at 4:49 am 6.Ben USN (Ret) said …

    Mooning is illegal in this state.
    “Progressives” have no sense of humor (humour, if you’re British, or Australian, or Canadian).

  7. on 13 Aug 2007 at 8:20 am 7.Moof said …

    Too funny! Great post Dean! Thank heaven for Dr. Dino … who has also helped me out on more than one occasion. :o)

    Also – Thank you for the link! I’m awfully glad you didn’t drop me into your “Neck Pain” section … *blink* ;o)

  8. on 13 Aug 2007 at 11:45 am 8.Dean said …

    Hey Ben: I thought I was the only person up at 4:00 am.

    Moof: It’s still early. 🙂

  9. on 13 Aug 2007 at 1:42 pm 9.S E E Quine said …

    ` As an anal-retentive speller myself, I’m so glad someone else got to you before I did.

  10. on 13 Aug 2007 at 5:59 pm 10.Dean said …

    S E E Quine: I’ve never been known to turn down free editing and proof-reading… or free anything for that matter. 🙂

  11. on 18 Aug 2007 at 8:13 pm 11.Talan said …

    hi i enjoyed the read

  12. on 19 Aug 2007 at 9:17 am 12.Dean said …

    Hi Talan, thanks for the comment.

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