Friday, 26 February 2010


Here is a little joke which started me thinking...

An older man goes into the Doctor’s surgery.

They always ask at the doctor's reception why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what's wrong and it can be embarrassing.

There's nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you, in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this, and here's how one old guy handled it.

A 75-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk. The Receptionist said, "Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?"

"There's something wrong with my penis," he replied.

The receptionist became irritated and said, "You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say a thing like that."

"Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I just told you," he said.

The Receptionist replied, archly; "Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something and then discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private."

The man replied, "And you shouldn't ask people questions - in a roomful of strangers - if the answer could embarrass anyone." The man turned, walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered.

The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, "Yes?"

"There's something wrong with my ear," he stated.

The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice. "And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?"

"You may not understand this, but I seem to be having a problem peeing out of it!" he replied.

What is wrong here?

Saying the word "penis" in front of strangers? It is just an organ which half of the world population has and most of the other half knows about. What is so embarrassing about it?

Or is it about such question should not be asked in the first place? Why the receptionist needs to know? Assign an appropriate doctor to look after the man?

Or is it about one should not answer a question honestly?

The joke started me thinking ....

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