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“A greenhouse on steroids” … “autistic architecture” … “comatose careers” … “bigger towel syndrome” … and scores more. What’s this all about? It’s about the modern tendency of Westerners to speak about aspects of their lives that have nothing to do with sickness as if their lives were sick. Western society has become medicalized. For many people the purpose of life has shifted from supporting life to shielding it from mortality altogether. They bicycle, walk, and even meditate not to enhance the joy of living but to protect the body from disintegration. Many conditions that in the past were accepted as hardships to be borne with fortitude, are now pathologized, even in the absence of disease.In this short book, published 2012, I summarize the research on medicalization in society, then analyze, in readable and exciting prose, the linguistic reflection of this trend—what I call “Sick English”, the use of clinical language to describe aspects of life that have nothing to do with sickness.
I traced the use of Sick English in the language of journalists (and many of the people they quote) in newspapers published in the U.S., Canada, the UK (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.
Sick English is available at Amazon.com
On Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AEH3BEQ
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