Most people want to seem as intelligent as they really are, if not moreso… if they can pull it off. At the very least, they don’t want to appear stupid. I’m no different, and I’m sure you’re not either. So in that vein, I’m giving you a word(s) check today. Here are the most misused words I hear in my practice, how they’re misused, as well as the proper words/terms/definitions as needed. They’re in no particular order.
Quads – Quads is short for quadricep group. These are the muscles that make up the front and outside portion of the thigh, yes… there is one quadricep muscle located on the side of your thigh. There are 4 (four) muscles that make up this group (quad means four)… it is NOT 1 muscle referred to as THE quad. Some people confuse these muscles with the hamstrings and say “my quads” as they point to the back of their thigh. If you do this, you’re massage therapist will not be impressed.
Hams – Short for Hamstrings, these 3 muscles are located on the back of your thigh. Just like the quads, the hams are a group of muscles as opposed to a single muscle. Some people confuse these muscles with the quadriceps an say “my hams” or “my hamstrings” as they point to the front of their thigh. Don’t do this.
Sitz/sits bones – Neither of these are correct. The correct term is “sit bones.” By itself, “sitz” is not a word, but if you combine it with “bath” you have a valid term for a type of bath that you sit in (preferably on your sit bones) to treat pelvic and/or genital issues. Sits bones is just bad grammar; after all, you don’t sits down, you sit down and these are the bones you should be sitting on. Actually, the sit bones are a specific part of one of your pelvic/hip bones. If you really want to impress your massage therapist, you can refer to your sit bones as your “ischial (ISH ee al) tuberosities (Too ber OS it ees. 🙂
Rotor cuff/ rotary cup (or any other combination of these terms) – The correct term is rotator cuff and it’s basically your shoulder joint and all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are part of it. Lots and lots of people call it the rotor cuff, so if you do too, you’re not alone. In fact, I even heard a doctor refer to it as such. But that does not make it right. Maybe it makes me a snob, but my opinion of that doctor dropped a little that day. Here’s your chance to be smarter than a doctor by saying three little syllables… RO-tay-tor. Please?
Do you say any of these? If so, do you know where you picked it up? Was it something your parents or grandparents said? A teacher? Did you read the term online somewhere? Did a healthcare professional say it? Let me know in the comments.
Gold stars to everyone who instantly recognized my inspiration for this weeks title. Feel free to leave an associated quote in the comments to let me know you got it.
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