For the last staff holiday party (yes, I will stop talking about that now), some colleagues and I put together a brief presentation about medical malapropisms. (Definition of “malapropism” and examples are here.) I see a lot of funny things in the course of my work,* but these verbal gems are in no way limited to the authors at my institution. We found a couple Web sites with collections of medical malapropisms, picked out the best ones, and Matt generously donated his time and talent to illustrate some of them for our presentation.
Evasive surgery was required.
The patient presented with a genital heart defect.