Word Watch: scanxiety


Canada’s Word Spy Paul McFedries has identified another new term: “scanxiety” — the mental distress felt while awaiting the results of a medical test, and particularly an MRI or CT scan (scan + anxiety).

He cites two recent uses of the word — one, an article on the BoingBoing website in 2013, and the other in the Vancouver Sun in April this year.

But the earliest use McFedries found was in 2006, in a post on a lymphoma support/forum website.~TM


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