Dear Tourette’s…

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Tourettes
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I find it entertaining when my friends use “tourettesing” as a verb. I thought you should know. I’m not sure how it started, but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite neologisms.

It seems pretty apt, actually. Most people are uncomfortable with using the word “twitch” for some reason — my theory is that they’re afraid of making their friend sound like Lindsey Lohan in detox — and few people throw “tic” around in everyday conversation. Except maybe doctors and entomologists, but I’m thinking the latter are referring to ticks, not tics. Anyway, point is it’s apt because it puts the disorder right into the symptom. No longer do I have tics — I simply have Tourette’s! Yeah, I knew you’d like that, Tourette’s. You’re kind of full of yourself.

So yeah, I approve, but I’m just wondering how far this might go. I’m thinking there’s a line to be drawn somewhere.


“You’re tourettesing pretty badly there. Is your shoulder tired?” <– totally cool, makes sense, and yes, it is, thanks for asking, and would you mind giving it a bit of a rub there, Suzy Normal?

“Is that belt tourettesing you today?” <– hey, now I’m the object in the sentence — I dig that (usually)!

“I’m not sure what’s wrong with that kid, but he’s been tourettesing all day.” <– umm… kinda vague, since I don’t know what the kid was doing, and there’s a good chance he doesn’t even have TS, but I can roll with it

“Dude’s been on a coke bender all weekend and now he’s tourettesing like crazy!” <– no, this doesn’t work — he’s just whacked out and needs some sleep, folks

“That bitch’s tourettesing needs to stop because there are kids around and they don’t need to hear that kind of stuff.” <– no, no, NO! Also, FUCK YOU for perpetuating the horribly inaccurate coprolalia stereotype!

But whatever, I still like it. It’s just a matter of time before that shit pops up on Urban Dictionary. Wait, what? It’s already on there? Oh! Uh, what does it say?

What?! FUCK!

Now I really am tourettesing. Ugh.

Twitchingly yours,


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