summer (rumball107) wrote in linguaphiles,
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MEDS.

I was reading a George Carlin quip the other day about his favorite euphemisms.  (For those of you who don't know, George Carlin is a popular comedian whose stand-up material tends to focus on social commentary nowadays.)  Anyway, in Napalm and Silly Putty, he mentions that "medication" is a newfangled euphemism for "medicine".  This is arguable, and isn't necessarily the focus of this post.

But, I started thinking about both words in the general sense, and I want to ask you some questions.

Of MEDICINE / MEDICATION:

1. Which word do you use for drugs taken on a daily basis?
2. Which word do you use for drugs taken occasionally?
3. Would your choice of word change if you were talking about psychopharmaceutical drugs (for depression, anxiety, schitzophrenia) versus drugs for mentally "normal" people (such as Tylenol, Benedryl, etc).  
4. Is there a situation in which you would use ONE of the words, but certainly not the other?

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