Why is a patient called a patient?
May 4, 2019 11:43am CST
Hello Mylotters, Happy Saturday to you all. So the discussion topic is a bit quirky . But I would still like to have some opinions (however illogical it may be ) regarding the question put in the title . I think he/she is expected to be patient for getting cured of the disease. My mind is happy today as we have been planning for a trip in upcoming July with family. It might be a week long domestic trip to a beach. My father particularly trying to avoid the mountains as it will be the monsoon season and chances of landslides might be there. Are you planning to go anywhere in the coming months?
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• Cambridge, England
The question in the title is far from illogical. The word 'patient' (as a noun) comes from the present participle of the Latin verb 'patior', meaning "I am suffering". It is when one uses the word as an adjective that the logic is hard to find and one needs patience to discover it. Of course, it is because a patient person 'suffers' the pain of waiting for something to happen without complaining. Does that mean, therefore, that an 'impatient' person ('in-' is Latin prefix meaning 'not' and it becomes 'im-' before words beginning with 'm', 'p' and 'b') is not suffering? Ah, that is where language ceases to be particularly logical! Also, the word 'suffer' has changed its meaning in English. It used to mean 'to tolerate' or 'allow' as well as to experience pain or something unpleasant. It was a worry to me, as a child, that Jesus should 'suffer the little children' to come to him. Surely, he meant that he wanted them to come to him? I am not planning to go anywhere. I am patiently waiting for the mountains to come to me.
• Peoria, Arizona
The question is, which version of the word came first, did someone have to become patient or were they a patient. Probably the word having to be patient came way before being a patient. Nope, no plans! I never go on vacation haha