Final note on Lyme/Lyme’s

There was a nice comment from an “elite grammarian” who stated that most people use “Lyme’s” out of ignorance so she would correct them.  I’m not sure I agree with this, but I understand the explanation.  I think they probably heard it somewhere or, heck, even read it in a research article.  (See below).  After polling a few people on why they were upset about people saying “Lyme’s” rather than “Lyme” waaay before this blog post, most told me they “correct” this issue for –an incorrect reason– I don’t want to go over it again. I’m in a hurry, and I told this story in the previous post.  

But it is not just a grammar thing.  It is a medical records thing.  I think I’m repeating myself here.  Again.  Not all grammarians can know what goes in medical records.  No one expects them to.  That was the reason for my informative post.  

The point I figured out to give up on this issue is when I realized most people would just rather BE WRONG for whatever reason– whether they just want someone to be mad at or don’t like to be told they are wrong so they are in denial or just don’t want to learn something new is when a different person told me that calling this disease “Lyme’s” or “Lyme’s disease” is the same as calling cancer “concer.”  

First I laughed.  Then I did a forehead slap.  Then I laughed again.  

Lemme splain this real quick to those who agree with this line of thought: 

Concer is an incorrect spelling of cancer.  If anyone thinks “Lyme’s disease” is an incorrect spelling of “Lyme disease” you are, um, correctness impaired.  I tried to soften that blow.  

To help sell this, in case you need more proof, I brought pictures from an experiment I did.  

I searched for “Lyme’s disease” in publications.  I also searched for the word “concer”  in Google Scholar.  Spoiler alert:  No articles about cancer were found.  There were plenty Lyme disease articles found.  Many were from Europe, if I’m remembering correctly, which confused me since I believe they started losing the apostrophe before we did … but that’s a mystery for another day I guess.  

   

— Loon Out 

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