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October 3, 1977

A Variant of Sufferdom?

JAMA. 1977;238(14):1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280150073029

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To the Editor. —  "Crippledom" (Vaisrub, 237:2636, 1977), the newly-designated variety of sufferdom, is ingenious and quite possibly an improvement on "crippling." However, would the editors of The Journal hold still for an exhibition of similar daredom in a manuscript submitted to them for publication?

Editors' Note.—  The suffix "-dom" designates a domain as in "kingdom" or status as in "serfdom." In the latter context, "crippledom" is appropriate. As to "daredom," it could be an asset in a submitted manuscript if combined with wisdom.