great undies from smallthreads
There is something about the word panties that makes my skin crawl...
I was recently at the Doctors about to have that every other year "Lady Examination" you know the one we all dread - but when you do have it your realise it wasn't that bad and then you get to feel awfully (here I digress for a moment -I am reading a book written about posh English people at the moment and I have started using expression like " its awfully good" - do you do that when you are reading a book you get absorbed into the language of it??) grown up and pious because you have got it over with.
So my lovely doctor, who I saw when pregnant, so no secrets between us - asked if a student could perform the examination "Sure knock yourself out " I said to the student- who just about died of shock.( I did think to myself I cannot believe I just said that!!!) (But as anyone who has had a baby knows you tend to be a little less anxious about the Lady Examination after giving birth). So the student doctor says to me "I just need you to take your panties off and pop up on the table"
Hold it right there.
So I just look at him, pause... hesitate .. clear throat and begin "Ahem...You see the thing is women don't like it when men say the word panties... I know it seems like a small thing but it really makes my skin crawl and I think its important that I tell you this now. Sorry. Perhaps you could say just say...." and then my mind went blank... take off your knickers - no sounds a bit weird coming from a doctor? take off your undies- to informal- your smalls? - a bit old fashioned.... then my doctor piped in and said " just undress from the waist down. " Nice.
The lovely student doctor was laughing nervously and he said "Do women really not like that term?"- I said "Well I know I don't..." but is it just me???