More made-up words: The medical edition

As a medical writer, I get to use a lot of clinical jargon. As a humor blog writer, I get to make up words. And as a baby boomer, I seem to be spending more time dealing with health-related issues. Put it all together, and you have this week’s Boomer Haiku post: made–up medical words and conditions!

Here goes:

Anal fisher: Bottom feeder

Appendagitis: Inflammation of a protruberance that is typically smaller and of less functional importance than the main part to which it is attached

Black toast intolerance: The inability to consume burnt toast without untoward gastrointestinal side effects

Cataractivism: Vigorous campaigning to reverse clouding of the lens of the eye

Clones disease: The overwhelming urge to replicate yourself in order to get things done when you’re overextended

Constipraytion: When your ability to communicate with a higher power gets stuck

Corollary archery disease: The arm and shoulder soreness that naturally follows shooting with bows and arrows

Costcoporosis: The formation of holes in and leaching of money from one’s wallet after joining a discount shopping club

Demenschacha: A forgettable ballroom dance with a person of integrity and honor

Direction problems: The issues that people with penises seem to have with asking for, reading or following instructions or guidance

Dumbititis (the “b” is silent): When you itch to slap someone for being stupid

Dumbolization: The process or state in which the flow of factual information is blocked or clogged by stupidity

Endocrinoline: Internally secreted hormones used to stiffen a petticoat

Extranus: Ripped a new one

Farmacologic: The thinking and reasoning needed to play online farm games

Gastroinfinitesimal: Referring to an extremely small stomach (as in “I can’t eat a large meal because I’m so gastroinfinitesimal”)

Glockoma—The inability to see a gun safety problem (the word “glockoma” exists out there in cyberspace, but this is a new definition)

Him-or-‘roids: The ultimatum some body builders give themselves, mistakenly believing they will look like the proverbial 98-pound weakling unless they take steroids

Hyperlippedemia: Excessively oversized lips as a result of too much dermal filler

John dis: To speak disrespectfully of or criticize a prostitute’s client

Matherosclerosis: Inability to understand arithmetic due to a restricted flow of comprehension

Minimally evasive: When one uses the least amount of prevarication necessary to dodge a question

Napolio: When you fall into such a deep sleep during a nap that you can’t move

New-money-a: An affliction affecting some rich people who recently acquired their wealth, characterized by ostentatiousness or a lack of good taste

Obstructive sweep apnea: The temporary cessation of breathing while doing housework

Offthemallogy: The study of why people stop shopping at the mall

Oppositional deviant disorder (ODD): A frequent, persistent and childlike pattern of departing from usual or accepted standards in expressing disagreement with another person, as in “Donald Trump exhibits ODD anytime someone challenges him” (not to be confused with oppositional defiant disorder, from which he may also suffer)

Penal implant: Inserting a correctional institution into a community

Pursitis: Inflammation of a purse, causing a rapid outflow of the money it carries (“I spent so much on shoes because I had a bad case of pursitis”)

Spermutation: A genital sneeze, aka ejaculation (a variation of sternutation, which is from the Latin sternuere, “to sneeze”)

Stress incompetence: The inability to function under pressure

Tackycardick: An obnoxious person who drives a garish car abnormally fast

Therapeutic message: A communication that touches you and makes you feel better

Vernacular degeneration: The deterioration of language

There’s a phenomenon called “second-year medical student syndrome” in which medical students perceive themselves to be experiencing the symptoms of a disease that they’re studying. I have to admit that I’ve experienced this when writing about certain real-life ailments.

But while concocting a few health conditions for this week’s blog post, I got to wondering:

If a medical
malady is made up, can
you still have symptoms?

What do you think? Have you—or has anyone you know—experienced any of these made-up conditions? Got some of your own you’d like to offer up? Please share!











Roxanne Jones

About Roxanne Jones

By day, Roxanne Jones is an award-winning freelance copywriter specializing in health and medicine. She launched Boomer Haiku, a humorous blog about life as a baby boomer, in 2015, and a Boomer Haiku greeting card line in 2016 (available at 6 Maine stores; visit to learn more). Born and raised in Brunswick, she left Maine after high school (Class of 1971) and, after living in Massachusetts and California, came screaming back to her home state in 2006. She enjoys chardonnay, laughing at the foibles and frustrations of getting older, and contemplates plastic surgery to get rid of the wattle on her neck.