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According to Wikipedia, the adenoid is “also known as a pharyngeal tonsil or nasopharyngeal tonsil.” I take exception to that statement. However, the only change I’d make to it is to add, “to a very few people.” I’d rewrite it as, “also known to a very few people as a pharyngeal tonsil or nasopharyngeal tonsil.”

Really. Maybe I’m the only ignoramus (I’m not disputing my status as an ignoramus, just my exclusivity), but I seriously doubt that very many people without medical degrees also know the adenoid as a pharyngeal tonsil or nasopharyngeal tonsil.

Well, there’s now one more now. So there’s that. Although I’ll forget it within a few minutes, so then we’ll be back down to the previous count.

I’d heard of adenoids before, but, to tell the truth, I didn’t know enough about them to be able to put my finger on one to save my life. Fortunately, saving my life rarely requires putting my finger on an adenoid.

I did know enough not to try to put my finger on an adenoid in public. Even before researching this entry, I was vaguely aware that the adenoid is somewhere to the back of the nasal passage. Putting your finger in there to touch an adenoid would be considered to be socially inappropriate by some people.

Again according to Wikipedia, the adenoid “is a mass of lymphatic tissue situated posterior to the nasal cavity, in the roof of the nasopharynx, where the nose blends into the throat.” When your adenoids are swollen they can obstruct your breathing. Blah, blah, blah.

I don’t know if you noticed, but the blah, blah, blah above was outside of the quotation marks. That’s because I added it. “Blah, blah, blah” wasn’t in Wikipedia. I added it to the previous paragraph because I wasn’t particularly interested. I usually let my doctor worry about internal body parts that have nothing to do with sex. Lucky him.

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