In other words, we don’t comprehend the word or the statement. It doesn’t make sense.
That’s what I first thought about dysphagia when I started hearing it in hospice.
In the case of dysphagia, it’s literally a Greek word and problematic to pronounce (dis-fay-gee-a) for most folks. The roots of the word are relatively simple. Dys is a prefix for, “No.” Think of the more commonly used dysfunctional or—because of the Hunger Games novels and their ilk—a grim, unsettling future world known as a dystopia.
Dysfunction = no function.
Dystopia = no good place.
The suffix phagia, though obscure and probably never used in our day-to-day conversations, also describes a familiar activity: eating. Medical professionals use dysphagia to identify patients that have difficulty with swallowing. In other words . . .
Dysphagia = no eating. Read More →by