April 15, 2008

Shitsurei shimasu

If you don't want to read about going to the ob/gyn, you've been warned so stop now.

Ok, so I've been going to the doctor for awhile now and this is the first time I realized he politely said "shitsurei shimasu" as he inserted the speculum. I tried so hard not to laugh. It's literally translated as "I'm going to be rude", though it's more like "excuse me." I guess it's nicer than "this will feel a little cold" or "this might be a little uncomfortable". I mean, yeah, it is rude. At least here in Japan they tell you as it is.


  1. YES! I think that's the best thing I've ever heard. Only the Japanese would recognize that speculums were rude. If men had that, there would have been a better invention made already.

  2. nah, all men can come up with is to use a finger for invasive exams. i do like that Japanese custom of apology!


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