With huge egg recall, what are salmonella symptoms, and why does “salmonella” look like “salmon?”

More than 228 million eggs have been recalled across the United States due to the presence of salmonella bacteria. The outbreak is linked to a farm in Iowa, and according to the Associated Press, the eggs are sold across the country under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

Salmonella is a common source of food poisoning, but how much do you know about it? Here’s a description of what it is, why it makes people sick, symptoms, and, of course, the riddle of why it shares a name with the fish “salmon.”

First off, there are two major strains of salmonella that affect humans: Salmonella Enteriditis and Salmonella  Typhi. You’ll recognize “typhi” from typhoid, a very serious illness that has largely been eliminated in the United States. Some types of salmonella carry typhoid, but the current egg recall has nothing to do with this kind of salmonella. The risk posed by the recalled eggs relates to Salmonella Enteriditis, which is the source of a great many cases of food poisoning.

Enteritis simply means “inflammation of the intestine.” If enough bacteria survives your stomach’s gastric juices, the salmonella grows in the lumen (lining) of the intestines and can cause intense diarrhea as well as fever and cramping in your stomach. Infants and people with compromised immune systems can suffer far more serious symptoms. For anyone afflicted with salmonella poisoning, dehydration is a huge secondary factor. Symptoms typically occur as soon as several hours after ingesting contaminated food or as long as a day after.

Now, why does this miserable bacterium share a name with salmon, arguably the most toothsome and salubrious citizen of  the Seven Seas? (Can you name all seven? Here’s a list.)

The answer is simple: veterinary surgeon Daniel E. Salmon has the infamy of being the namesake of salmonella. Sheer, unfortunate coincidence creates the confusion of the fish and the food poisoning. The “sal-” in salmonella rhymes with “pal.”

Do you have any questions about food poisoning terms or medical language in general? Let us know, below.

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This outfit was invented by engineer Tony Stark, the fictional hero of this third-person action game. The character is the same as the protagonist of the last year’s movie, Iron Man, which starred Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges – but the computer game doesn’t hold a candle to the film. go to web site iron man games

Tony, a genius inventor who heads Stark Industries, created the suit in various designs and colors; as you proceed through the missions, what he wears will get shinier and more colorful. The soles of his feet and the palms of his hands emit a nuclear-power-like energy that propels him through the air and also serves as flame throwers. When you practice the skill of flying through targets, hovering and landing while creating shock waves, it is similar to the moves of Harry Potter learning to play quidditch on his broom. His chest repulsors recharge from time to time to fire a laser-type force that smashes gates and explodes tanks. in our site iron man games

Arab terrorists (the nationality is clear in the movie but not in the game) kidnap Stark to get him to develop more suits of armor, but when he realizes that the equipment he has invented is a danger to mankind, he aims to destroy all his factory’s stocks of equipment.

The graphics are terrible and seem to have been taken from a previous generation of computer programs. The action in all three levels of play is so monotonous and dull that the player will sometimes wish Tony were unable to “reboot” his heart when he occasionally gets cardiac failure. The movie actors have voice-overed their roles in the video game, but they sound so hollow and distant that they sound as through they’re reading their script while sitting in a metal garbage can. The Iron Man game is yet additional proof of the rule that – with few exceptions – games created to promote the sale of movie tickets are doomed to be disappointing.


  1. Max H -  October 11, 2013 - 7:37 am

    I’m amazed this article is three years old! The argument over “sal” rhyming with “pal” has little to do with the matter. Salmon is pronounced “sam on”, salmonella is pronounced “sal mon ella” and I would bet that Dr Daniel Salmon would have pronounced his name “Samon”. My advice to the people who do not understand medical terms, such as ” hallux vulgus”, is, ask their doctor, “What’s that?” and I’m sure he will tell you your great toe is pointing towards your second toe. Just ask the question!!

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 9:30 am

      They said “sal” rhymes with “pal” because many people pronounce salmon “sam on”, so it would be an easy way to differentiate between the two. However, there are still many people who pronounce salmon “sal mon”, as my wife does.

      Your suggestion that Dr Daniel Salmon pronounced his name “Samon” makes zero sense, otherwise we would be pronouncing it “sam on ella”, right? Just seems you’re contradicting yourself a couple times there, Max.

      “Tomato tomoto, potato pototo, let’s call the whole thing off”

  2. reputation management -  December 6, 2011 - 6:05 pm

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    • RedLeafRenegade -  October 22, 2015 - 6:43 am

      I always thought it was called salmonella because a magor carrier of it was contaminated salmon


      :) :) :) :) :) :)

  3. Boyd Muenkel -  February 8, 2011 - 11:28 pm

    woh I love your articles , saved to fav! .

  4. Jayna Yap -  October 31, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    I’d have to be of the same mind with you one this subject. Which is not something I typically do! I really like reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  5. Jasper Fingerson -  August 26, 2010 - 4:04 am

    In the beginning just remember it was darked and then someone smiled! try this:

    Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? :)

  6. g huneleous -  August 23, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    What colot is samonella and how had will it danage you will u get the flu

  7. Saf -  August 23, 2010 - 7:24 am


    Fortunately, we do! With all the cultures that ancient Rome absorbed, teaching the Latin language was a fairly well-paid job. They were kind enough to leave us with ample books and manuscripts describing pronunciation to reconstruct the way the language sounded back then (which is nothing like you hear in church today, or in medical school for that matter).

    A popular example is the name, “Julius Caesar.” You’ve probably always heard it pronounced, “Joo-lee-us See-zer” (or “Say-zer” if you’re in the UK), but during good ol’ Jules’ actual reign, it would have been pronounced, “Yoo-lee-us Kye-sar.”

  8. lofty -  August 21, 2010 - 11:24 am

    saf said
    “I mean, is it really necessary to say “cervical radiculopathy” or “brachial neuritis” when “neck pain” would suffice just as well? If they’re trying to show off their Latin vocabulary, then they fail, because speakers of medical and legal jargon mispronounce Latin horribly.”

    I agree with you about the convoluted names but was just wondering how you can be so sure of ‘correct’ Latin pronunciation as it’s a dead language – do we really know how it was really pronounced…?

    Just a thought

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 10:38 am

      You’re not too bright, are you?

      All of the “Romance Languages” stem from Latin, and our English language boroughs quite a few Latin words as well, just like from everything else.

      If you look up ANY word in the dictionary, you’ll find it’s origin, which is, you guessed it, from Latin.

      Many different words and phrases used to motivate and provide inspiration are in Latin.

      All medical professionals are REQUIRED to know at least some of the basic meanings to prefixes and suffixes of things they use, see, and work on daily, and guess what, ALL of that is in Latin. This is how doctors are able to know what to diagnose you with, because what the drug is for is spelled out, right there in plain Latin.

      I rest my case!

  9. blog pal -  August 21, 2010 - 5:52 am

    Also once salmonella resides with a hen, it tends to stay there for keeps unless things are under control by both parties.
    ‘Unless’ should be replaced by ‘if.’

  10. blog pal -  August 21, 2010 - 5:50 am

    Salmonella is sometimes deadly but is ususally innocuous. A hen infected by salmonella is said to be very jealous and demands to be treated well but is fond of black jokes. Also once salmonella resides with a hen, it tends to stay there for keeps unless things are under control by both parties.

  11. bet -  August 20, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    @Art – What’s up with your nonsense? That usage was acceptable. Pronounced LIKE pal, not AS pal. You could have said nothing and sounded smarter.

  12. Kas -  August 20, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    @ Saf: You Doc seem like a d****** and an idiot, following the excerpt you gave us. I’d hate it for a doctor to call me sweetheart like i’d know nothing. Anyway, in French we don’t have that kind of problem regarding for the latin words, because we have French names for almost every condition. Which is good because people know exactly what you mean by talking about “bronchite” or “sinusite” rather than ‘bronchitis’ and ‘sinusitis’.

    Anyway, nice article.

  13. 2cents -  August 20, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    Typos don’t = blatant spelling errors for all you who will, no doubt, giggle at the irony of my omission.

  14. 2cents -  August 20, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    SHOULD be avoided, that is.

  15. 2cents -  August 20, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    @Dr. B,

    “Physicians use complex words because the human body and it’s various pathologies are likewise complex.”

    Your “it’s” should be spelled ‘its’ with no apostrophe. (And you’re a doctor?!)

    I realize you aren’t an English major but still, doesn’t “Charting 101″ teach us that we must be very careful to spell correctly because so many different medical terms vary by only one letter (e.g. -ostomy and -otomy)?

    And, Readers, let’s not split hairs by dissecting every syllable or punctuation mark I’ve typed here, or by saying it was only an apostrophe; an error is an error and ALL errors be avoided in the world of medicine.

  16. 2cents -  August 20, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    Sophia, I liked Saf’s comment and I empathize with his/her frustration completely. Doctors are nothing but self-righteous, pedantic show-offs with God complexes. I don’t think laymen should HAVE to “study” anything in order to understand doctors’ diagnoses or explanations. Those of us who have studied the terminology do have a better understanding of medical language, I agree, but I dare say that most people don’t take medical courses in college. So, with all due respect, back off and calm down, yourself.

  17. Curly Hair -  August 20, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Zen FallPaw probably made up the word ‘lexiphile’, if it’s not real. The prefix ‘lexi-’ means ‘word’, and the suffix ‘phile’ means ‘lover’ – so, if she/he did make it up, it was a simple matter of putting those two together – as any other true ‘lexiphile’ would be able to tell you!

    @Steph: That’s why ‘salmonella’ and ‘salmon’ are in quotes. Quotes are used to indicate a word itself rather than its definition.

    @Gary: ‘Niggard’ – Alteration of nigon , of uncertain origin: possibly formed from nig “stingy,” from Scandinavian. Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. I’m not sure, but I believe the N word comes from ‘negro’. So, no connection.

    @me: “What in the world does that have to do with the word “pal”?!” Nothing, it’s just telling us how to pronounce it.

  18. brendah -  August 20, 2010 - 9:51 am

    the world these days
    u never know whats going to happen
    the economy too..
    now eggs whats next…

  19. Emma -  August 20, 2010 - 8:52 am

    RE: Danielle on August 19, 2010 at 11:45 am
    Yes, but it’s pretty obvious that the article was later edited in response to the comment over the completely valid criticism of confusing ‘pronounced’ and ‘rhymes with’.
    And it’s ‘should have WRITTEN’, not ‘should have wrote’.

    RE: c on August 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    RE: Jake on August 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    The distinction isn’t over whether the ‘l’ is silent but over the pronounciation of the vowel: in English ‘sal’ need NOT rhyme with ‘pal’ – as in ‘salt’.

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 9:44 am

      Miss Emma,

      I’m sure you’re aware of the many different pronunciations a single word can have, especially in the English language… open up a dictionary and you’ll see ;-)

  20. That Guy -  August 20, 2010 - 6:18 am


    Web page moderators often come with an edit button. You should come with a mute button.

  21. me -  August 20, 2010 - 4:20 am

    “The answer is simple: veterinary surgeon Daniel E. Salmon has the infamy of being the namesake of salmonella. Sheer, unfortunate coincidence creates the confusion of the fish and the food poisoning. The “sal-” in salmonella rhymes with “pal.””

    Am I the only one who can’t make sense of this? The reason the bacterium shares a name with salmon is because it was named after a dude named Salmon! What in the world does that have to do with the word “pal”?!

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 9:48 am

      Because the first syllable in the doctor’s last name rhymes with “pal”, but the first syllable in the fish salmon does not. They were bringing it up because it’s an easy way to differentiate between the two.


  22. asaph -  August 20, 2010 - 1:38 am

    (about saf)

    I doubt Saf studied Latin at any point in his/her life, for four years or not. Anybody who did would have known that in Byzantine (East Roman) Empire, the language spoken was Greek not Latin.

    Very good article.

  23. Stuck In Iraq -  August 19, 2010 - 11:40 pm

    @i would like to c a blog on this

    “can you please put up a blog on people who confuse directions. Left from right or up from down.
    I believe there is a word for it and have tried looking it up but haven’t found it.

    I have this horrible malady – I have termed it “directional dyslexia.” Feel free to use.

  24. Jake -  August 19, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    wy are there so many posts stating that “sal” does not rhyme with “pal”

    In english, “sal” exactly rhymes with “pal”

    this must be an americanism

  25. Gary -  August 19, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    Great work! Thank you. Keep it going, we all could use some more clarity and understanding. How about the word niggard? My theory is that this word is the one from which the “N” word comes from. It seems to make sense when you consider the meaning of niggard and the life condition of the slaves in Ammerica at the time, or any such degree of slavery for that matter. And how it stuck for so long.

  26. Dr T -  August 19, 2010 - 4:07 pm


    I have not met a Doctor who has not explained a medical condition in lay terms because they are pretentious.
    A Doctor would give you the diagonsis or differential diagnosis (likely causes), in their exact medical name, and then explain it in an understandable manner. I would be seriously worried if all my doctor can tell me is that I have “neck pains”. I need to know that my doctor knows what they are doing.
    The only time I can see people being left in the dark regarding medical terms is when they read research papers, books or websites intended to be for a medical professional’s use.

  27. Samantha -  August 19, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    I like your comment. You made some good points. And Saf, that was pretty sarcastic and slightly rude, but I still laughed. And I get why lots of people that were doctors or know a doctor, got kinda upset. Better luck next time.

    Great article by the way. Although it is true, it was a bit… “fifth grade salmonella research paper”, material.

    <3 Samantha :)

  28. Steph -  August 19, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    @ Karen – I would find salmon-shaped salmonella to be very amusing. Doesn’t it just look like most bacteria and viruses do? I’d get a kick out of seeing a salmonella slide if the germ were shaped like the outline of a fish, but then I’m just that sort of person. I would not, however, get a kick out of being sick with the stuff. Ick.

    That said, my family has lately taken to buying the store’s brand of Egg Beaters, so we’re okay!

  29. Karen -  August 19, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    …regarding the grammar. In the title, “salmonella” (the word) looks like “salmon” (the word. In other words, salmonella (the germ) doesn’t look like (a) salmon. :-)

  30. A. J. -  August 19, 2010 - 11:56 am

    I understand only certain batches with certain dates are affected. I would hope reporting would include this kind of information for everyeone’s benefit! The alternative would be to just stop eating eggs–definitely would have an economic impact.

  31. Danielle -  August 19, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Art…what are you talking about; you misread the above article. Whoever wrote the article did NOT say that “sal-” is ‘pronounced’ like “pal”…he said it rhymes with “pal,” which is exactly what you said the person should have wrote.

  32. rusty nail -  August 19, 2010 - 11:36 am

    scrambled eggs are the best!

  33. La Vance -  August 19, 2010 - 10:45 am

    This was some crazzy & funny stuff!!!! But I really dont know whats true or not!! Everyone that put something that seems rite of true, someone else come and knock it!! I need something I can run with, so therefore I look at this as a joke because I cant take it to heart! I would like to ask one thing, where all can I look up all the infomation mention in this artical and comments?

  34. Saf -  August 19, 2010 - 9:51 am


    Uh… what?

  35. Kunturmarka -  August 19, 2010 - 9:31 am

    A note on the proper scientific names of organisms:

    The binomial nomenclature system developed by Carolus Linnaeus in the mid 18th century, and universally accepted today as the proper way to name a particular organism, consists of two Latin or Latinized parts which must ALWAYS be written in italics or, at least, underlined:

    1. The first part indicates the genus of the organism and is ALWAYS capitalized
    2. The second indicates the particular species and is not capitalized

    Therefore, the third paragraph of this Dictionary.com article should refer to Salmonella typhi and Salmonella enteritidis (NOT enteritis); both names should be either written in italics or underlined.

    Using italics to name the genus and species is a standard practice in biological nomenclature. It serves to set biological names apart from other parts of a text.

    Also, in addition to the use of capitalizing the genus, all other taxa (kingdom, phylum, etc.) are capitalized, except for species, which is always lowercase. Taxa other than genus and species need not be italicized. In the case of human beings, the naming would look thus:

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Mammalia
    Order: Primates
    Family: Hominidae
    Genus: Homo (written in italics)
    Species: sapiens (also written in italics)

    Please kindly make the corrections detailed above, as it is unforgivable that a website devoted to words, their origins, and their meanings should perpetuate an incorrect way of naming living organisms. Thanks.

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 10:02 am

      You didn’t italicize them, why should they?

  36. Bedazz'elle -  August 19, 2010 - 9:23 am

    Egg’s have got to be the MOST DISGUSTING thing that human’s eat. Ewww when i see ” dippy eggs”, i feel sick and need to vomit! They are all nasty and runny and look like snot’s… YUK

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 10:10 am

      This coming from someone who’s never even tried it and only goes off how it looks.

      What about spinach. It is, in my opinion, the most disgusting food I could EVER put in my mouth. However, I have actually tried it before, and it’s actually pretty…


      But seriously, Bed, you’ve gotta try an egg…make it hard boiled if you have to, with just a pinch of salt ;-) Trust me, you’re gonna like it!

  37. Thumper -  August 19, 2010 - 8:44 am

    One reason Doctors are so happiness is because they have the corn! For more information, google “Britney”!

  38. Lisann -  August 19, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Avoid the contamination problems of buying eggs from a factory that has 100,000′s of chickens. Buy fresh, buy local from small clean farms with chickens that are not confined in 3 or 4′s to little bitty cages.

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 10:14 am

      Sounds easy for those in a rural setting, but where the hell are people supposed to find a farm in a city?

      Are we supposed to drive for hours just to go pick up some eggs?

      Get real!

  39. Deena -  August 19, 2010 - 8:34 am

    will u please send articles which s related to globalization phenomena and political status of our country.its really matter to know about these bcoz these r helpful in GD/PI as well as gaining n sharing knowledge.

    • Robert -  June 26, 2016 - 10:17 am

      English isn’t your strongest form of communication, is it ;-)

  40. timmie -  August 19, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Shouldn’t the beginning of the third paragraph say “AFFECT humans” as opposed to “EFFECT humans”? Yes, this is very anal of me but this is a dictionary. Maybe you know a special rule in English that calls for “EFFECT” in this instance. You should know better, after all. Good article.

  41. That Guy -  August 19, 2010 - 8:09 am

    @Richard: “its a good news to all of us who are egg eating but immediate action should be undertaken by the concerned agency to avoid/prevent further damges.”

    You mean like issuing a recall of 280 million eggs that is being covered by pretty much every major news publisher? Do you want them to come to your house and check if your eggs are bad too? Maybe make some and see if they get sick.

  42. Sharon -  August 19, 2010 - 7:28 am

    Lovey Love- good one :) I enjoyed the article.

  43. Giv'em'a'break -  August 19, 2010 - 7:19 am

    Tanis wrote on August 19, 2010 at 1:48 am:
    “Since when do ‘pal’ and ’sal’ not rhyme? And the article does say the words rhyme, not that it is ‘pronounced like.’”
    Please be mindful that the Hot Word editor can probably edit their column based on the constructive feedback similar to what Art wrote on August 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm, over 10 hours earlier. It helps people avoid harping on an item all day long. Keep up the good work Hot Word!

  44. Saf -  August 19, 2010 - 7:03 am

    Guess I ruffled a handful of feathers. That wasn’t my intention. It was more a verbal rolling-of-the-eyes than a full-blown tirade.

    Thank you for responding with a helpful demeanor. I did study Latin for four years. The terms are not confusing to me, only that they use those terms when speaking with patients, knowing full well that the vast majority will not understand them.

    @TuxGirl and JPMarx
    I understand how DRG and medical coding work. Obviously I wouldn’t have a problem with the way my doctor talks to my insurance company, or to any specialist he might be referring me to.

    @Dr. B
    Thanks, that actually makes sense. Although I’m pretty sure that the specific doctor I was thinking of while typing that post is genuinely pretentious, and spews mouthfuls of jargon by the second without bothering to stop and explain it. Heh. Let me share a snippet of our last conversation:

    Saf: “Just out of curiosity, why do you spell ‘orthopaedic’ with the A?” [The name of the clinic is 'Regional Orthopaedic Associates']
    Doc: “Because that’s the proper Latin spelling, Sweetheart.”
    [Yes, he actually refers to female patients as "Sweetheart"]
    Saf: “Then why aren’t ‘Regional’ and ‘Associates’ also in Latin?”
    Doc: (Ponders for a moment) “Because then people wouldn’t know what we were!”
    Saf: (Facepalm)

  45. Sofiya -  August 19, 2010 - 6:51 am

    Saf, you would probably really enjoy the chapter on doctors and their stubborness in Superfreakonomics. Enjoy!

    to all: have a great day :-)

  46. Charles McKinney -  August 19, 2010 - 6:21 am

    Zen FallPaw,

    I think you meant to say that you’re a logophile at heart like myself, which is why I immediately looked up lexiphile on this website but didn’t find any results for the word. I agree with you that this article was very fun to read.


  47. Human Decency -  August 19, 2010 - 6:11 am

    In this case, they do rhyme…

    c on August 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    ok at the end, wouldn’t it be easier if you wrote the letter in salmonella is not silent as in salmon? pal and sal do not rhyme as someone has already said a bit tooooooooooo technical but not bad thanks

  48. Courtenay -  August 19, 2010 - 5:52 am

    Just a point re medical terms: many of them are Greek, rather than Latin (or else a combination of both). I studied ancient Greek at university and a few years later got a temporary job as a medical audiotypist. Several of the doctors I worked for were surprised at how accurately I could spell most of their medical terms. As I told them, I have no medical training at all – just a lot of Greek!

  49. Parch -  August 19, 2010 - 5:46 am

    you’re the only pretentious one here. science has a very specific, organized, and ordered system of classification. just because you aren’t a “fan” of their nomenclature doesn’t mean that THEY are pretentious.

    i was always told that the inside of an egg is sterile. assuming this is correct, then the bacteria is on the shell of the egg? wouldn’t careful cracking and fully cooking eggs assure that the bacteria will not survive to make it in large amounts to the lumen of the intestines?

    i have to think that with such a costly recall, that is not a correct assumption. could someone please straighten it all out?

  50. i would like to c a blog on this -  August 19, 2010 - 5:34 am

    dear dictionary.com
    can you please put up a blog on people who confuse directions. Left from right or up from down.
    I believe there is a word for it and have tried looking it up but haven’t found it.

  51. Joelamann -  August 19, 2010 - 5:09 am

    annie taylor, why be afraid of diarrhea? Heh heh

  52. janrvan -  August 19, 2010 - 4:26 am

    Just read all the comments..and did not know what Zen FallPaw meant by “lexiphile”. Soooo I tried to look it up on dictionary.com and guess what??? It did NOT have an answer!! Went to BING and it did! Hmmmm

  53. Pushap Handa -  August 19, 2010 - 3:55 am

    Many ‘educated’ people grudge doctors for different reasons.
    Interestingly, they usually have a point – a wrong one, as in some of the responses to this article. Biology and Medicine are not a mathematical process, as lay articles or internet help make people think. One needs to be well informed, should carefully exercise the right of choosing your doctor, be prepared to dump one if you are not happy, and finally hope for the best. You shouldn’t expect more than this from the medical world because this is the maximum they can offer – at whatever price!

  54. nyarome -  August 19, 2010 - 2:25 am

    Salmon roe is considered one of dainty bits, that you can order at a sushi restraunt. They are as good as cavier. I personally love sea urchin egg most. So delicious.

  55. Aran -  August 19, 2010 - 1:57 am

    As usual Britain has been there, done that; we had a massive salmonella in eggs scare but that was ages ago, when I was a youth (now just turned 50). So don’t worry we are all still alive, more or less.

  56. Tanis. -  August 19, 2010 - 1:48 am

    Since when do ‘pal’ and ‘sal’ not rhyme? And the article does say the words rhyme, not that it is ‘pronounced like.’

  57. Gabz -  August 19, 2010 - 12:54 am

    What does the word life mean? Or is it the existence itself: what does the existence ‘life’ mean?

  58. Zen FallPaw -  August 18, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    This article made me so happy~

    I’m studying in the field of veterinary medicine, I just started owning chickens as pets, and I’m a lexiphile at heart. Thus, this article was very, very fun.

  59. Richard E Perang -  August 18, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    its a good news to all of us who are egg eating but immediate action should be undertaken by the concerned agency to avoid/prevent further damges.

  60. c -  August 18, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    ok at the end, wouldn’t it be easier if you wrote the letter in salmonella is not silent as in salmon? pal and sal do not rhyme as someone has already said :) a bit tooooooooooo technical but not bad thanks

  61. Jack -  August 18, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Thought I scanned my comment for spelling errors,guess I’m tired.

  62. late for work -  August 18, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    Salmon is bears’ favorite and so is the poison. But vomitting can be avoided due to the fever. So my lunch will be a fried chicken today.

  63. Jack -  August 18, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Kinda felt the article acted like a flying squirrel. One second chasing a nut up a tree,then bouncing from branch to branch until it leaped off toward another tree. Surely there must be a difference between the symptoms of eating old eggs (past their exp. date),& eating infected eggs! Aren’t there any specific foods one can gobble down to ease the symptoms,or help quell the surviving bacteris? Such as nuts or something else to scrape them loose? The verbal info is good,but how much does it really help anyone vs an xtra paragraph of details?
    Might be just as useful to add as a side note since so many love drinking raw eggs in “healthy shakes”,that it is reported 3 out of 5 eggs contain samonella in regular batches concidered not infected. Cooking them kills most of those off,but drinking them raw does not. Research & yee shall be set free!

  64. Dr. B -  August 18, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    Physicians use complex words because the human body and it’s various pathologies are likewise complex. Terms like television broadcast, automobile collision, and irreconcilable differences are equally complex but because they are familiar they are understood by the average person. We could say “box with moving pictures”, car crash, or “they just can’t get along” but those informal phrases aren’t appropriate in technical or legal settings. Telling a patient that they have brachial neuritis is appropriate in the setting of a medical office because there are many reasons for neck pain. Saying “inflammed nerves in the shoulder region” is what the physician should say when explaining the condition to the patient, but dumbing down the specific terminology would not be helpful when the same patient seeks to research their condition in more detail or the physician is discussing the case with a neurologist. And it’s not Latin that we are speaking. It is English constructed using Latin fragments. We’re not trying to be Romans. It’s not necessarily pretentious.

  65. JP Marx -  August 18, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    saf–you’re just being snotty about your (perfect??) Latin. What’s the reimbursement rate for ‘neck pain’? Probably none, unless it’s coded as ‘cervical radiculopathy.’ Does it surprise you that doctors want the higher reimbursement rate? Don’t you? Or would you rather pay your $1200 ER visit out of pocket?

  66. TuxGirl -  August 18, 2010 - 4:03 pm


    My dad’s a doc, so I’ll try to answer your question… From what I can see, it comes down to specificity and clarity. Sure, your doctor could write in your chart that your tummy hurts. That’s not going to be very helpful to the next doc who sees you (or the same doc a year later). He could also write something like “tummy hurts because patients stress caused acid to erode thin lining of tummy, causing it to hurt and bleed.” That’s still less clear, precise or helpful down the road than “stress-induced ulcer.”

    Every industry has its jargon. I’m a computer programmer, and if I started talking jargon, you wouldn’t know what I was talking about unless you happen to have some technical skills as well. Often, when trying to explain something technical, I find myself slipping into the jargon, even if I don’t mean to. Doctors are the same way. I know I’ve had to learn some jargon when talking to doctors about specific medical conditions, and I’ll admit that I don’t mind it. It means that I can understand what they mean more precisely.

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  68. Lovey Love -  August 18, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    This would explain my family’s and my recent bout with diarrhea. We did in fact consume eggs with one of those brands.

    Thanks for the article.

    Also, looks like someone has time to proofread. Unemployed copy editors much?

  69. sophia -  August 18, 2010 - 3:41 pm


    Medical terms are used to describe specific maladies. They’re not meant to confuse you, only to describe a condition in the most acute way possible. As you’ve acknowledged, most medical names stem from Latin. If you were to study a few basic root terms, I think you would find medical terminology much less stressful. Calm down!


  70. Loren Hart -  August 18, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Thank you so much for this article!!! I had just been wondering about the origination of the word a few minutes ago. I came to Dictionary.com for an unrelated search and was very pleasantly surprised to see your entry on “salmonella.” Total awesomeness!

  71. Npauj Lee -  August 18, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    I would like to know more or have more information about food poisoning terms, medical language in general, and/or food poisoning symptoms please. Thank you!

  72. Nathan -  August 18, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    Psst…Hot Word…The caption is missing an article…

  73. Saf -  August 18, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Hmm, questions about medical language in general? I do have one.
    Why is it that doctors feel the need to describe things in the most obtuse, pretentious ways possible?

    I mean, is it really necessary to say “cervical radiculopathy” or “brachial neuritis” when “neck pain” would suffice just as well? If they’re trying to show off their Latin vocabulary, then they fail, because speakers of medical and legal jargon mispronounce Latin horribly.

    I’ve never noticed nurses or other medical professionals doing this — in fact, all the nurses I know try to steer cleer of Byzantine verbiage whenever possible. Only doctors. Sheesh.


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