I feel for patients, really I do. Medical school teaches doctors to use stupid words like umbilicus instead of belly button or abbreviations like BOOP (for bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia). We tend to throw words around like everyone else should get it. When, of course, they probably shouldn't.
One abbreviation I discuss a lot with patients is ASCUS. It's a common abnomal finding on a Pap smear (the test for cervical cancer). We usually pronounce it like it looks, with a hard C. It stands for Atypical Squamous Cells of Undertermined Significance. That's so we docs can say "Uhhh...dunno" and still sound smart.
Today I saw a new patient. She told me that years ago she had an abnormal Pap, but since then it had always been normal.
It was an ASK ME.