I’m not a doctor

I’m not a doctor — I don’t even play one on TV — but I know enough about human anatomy to question this claim on Yahoo! Sports:

vertebrae sports

I didn’t recognize the term dorsal vertebrae because the current term is thoracic vertebrae. The term dorsal vertebrae has been obsolete for a long, long time. (If you want to be nitpicky, all vertebrae are dorsal since the term refers to the back.)

Anyhoo, I guess we shouldn’t expect a sports writer to be concerned about such things, although I would expect an editor to know the difference between a singular and a plural noun. I don’t know much about Latin, but I know enough to recognize that vertebrae is the plural of vertebra.


3 Responses to “I’m not a doctor”

  1. Telford Says:

    the funny part of this is how sure you are you’re right. try doing a search. you’re so wrong it’s fucking hilarious.

    • Laura Says:

      I did try doing a search. In fact, I was able to do a search and believe I found accurate information. If I’m mistaken, I’d like to be able to correct my mistake. Once the Shift key on your keyboard is fixed and you’ve found an adjective that’s PG-rated, please let me know where I’ve erred.

  2. Old Man Says:

    “Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.”
    ― Spencer W. Kimball

    I’m guessing Mr. Kimball has met Telford.

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