In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros


Doctors and Barbers: Two of a Kind

The Key Root for this column: None

Minor Root: Latin, tonsorius, "of or pertaining to shearing or shaving," from tonsor, clipper, from tonsus, past participle of tondere, "to shear"

Words and Phrases List

sawbones, tonsorial, phlebotomy

Thoughts for Today

  1. Are surgeons more important than barbers?
  2. Is their past connection of any particular significance?
  3. What are your expectations when you visit a surgeon for a consultation?
  4. What's most interesting about the history of the barber pole?
  5. Blood-letting was once a major feature of medical treatment. What, if anything does its popularity and ultimate demise tell you?