Nov 15, 2020

LASIK - A Linguistic Abomination

Today I became curious what the acronym “LASIK” stands for. What I discovered is a linguistic abomination!

The “LAS” stands for “laser,” which is an acronym itself (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation). 

The “I” stands for in-situ, which is Latin for “in place.”  

And the “K” is for keratomileusis, a Greek word that means cornea-shaping (lit. horn-carving). 

So you have an acronym made up of another acronym, a Latin phrase and a Greek compound word. Yeesh!

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