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Subject:Re: CHAT: New maladies From:Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET> Date:Mon, 5 Aug 1996 12:54:00 EST
At 01:00 PM 8/5/96 -0400, you wrote:
>I just noticed a blurb in the Pen Pals (networking column of the Writer's
>Digest Book Club requesting info on the following "occupational hazards:"
>torticollis, blepharospasm, "writers cramp", and other dystonias.
>These terms are all new to me, beyond RSI's and carpal tunnel, which have been
>ingrained from both piano and computer keyboard.
>Can anyone explain? Avoidance measures? Thanks
>word -at- infocomm -dot- net
It sounds like a tongue-in-cheek warning, actually. "Torticollis" is a
nervous/muscular malady that makes the neck muscles contract spasmodically,
making the head twist sideways. I suppose this could be a distant reference
to the "crick in the neck" that comes with looking forever sideways at
materials to be typed. "Blepharospasm" is more commonly known as a "tic,"
which makes one or both eyes wink uncontrollably. Perhaps this is a
reference to eyestrain making the orbital muscles twitch. I know of nothing
to suggest that writers are any more prone to these conditions than bakers
or candlestick makers.
As I say, it sounds like tragicomedy joking to me. I'm sure the wittier list
members could come up with better ones than these.
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