Friday, September 28, 2007

Vocabulary Lesson

This past week I started a toxicology rotation at the poison control center. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on whom you ask) there haven't been many overdoses lately, so business has been pretty slow. I was sitting around the table with a couple of the pharmacy students when one of them turned to me. (Keep in mind these women are six months away from becoming doctorate-level pharmacists.)

1st student: "Excuse me, can I ask you a question?"

Me: "Sure."

1st student: "Which word means country: rural or urban?"

Me: "Rural."

1st student: "Are you sure about that?"

Me: "Pretty sure."

2nd student: "The way I remember it is that the store, Urban Outfitters, is like, in the city."

1st student: "Oh, yeah." (Long pause here, then much scrunching of the face.) "But what about Keith Urban?"

Me: "What about him?"

1st student: "Isn't he a country singer?"

(I shake my head and walk out of the room to keep from laughing.)

2nd student: "I'm pretty sure she's right that rural means country."


Am I wrong here, or aren't those 4th grade vocabulary words? Maybe these two have dedicated all of their brain power to chemical reactions, but I found this conversation kind of scary.


ru said...

So what does suburban mean?

Chris said...

I just hope she can remember the difference between oral and rectal when she's giving me instructions on how to take my medication in six months, LOL.

This was a hilarious post, made my morning. Keith Urban.....ha ha ha