A traditional domed straw wigwam (also known as a wickiup or wetu). not to be confused with the momre conical teepee (or tipi). Image ©iStockphoto.com/emiliebluephotographs.
A traditional straw wigwam (also known as a wickiup or wetu) – a domed room dwelling formerly used by certain Native American tribes. Often confused with the conical tent-like structure crafted from animal skins known as a tipi (or teepee). Image ©iStockphoto.com/emiliebluephotographs.

I was enjoying a lovely nurse chat with a friend recently, and we started reminiscing about clients and the joyful comments they come out with – which brought us to the wonder of client euphemisms.

For example, my friend had recently received a telephone call, during which the client had requested help as her dog was bleeding from its “wigwam” – cue my friend having to clarify that a wigwam was, in fact, a vulva!

This took me back to my time at the RSPCA, where we used to ensure vet students knew as many of the euphemisms for vulva as possible – it made consulting much easier!

So far, through friends and #planetrvn, we have:

  • Daisy
  • Petal
  • Flower
  • Noo noo
  • And, of course, wigwam!

Do you have any favourite client euphemisms? Feel free to post them below, or on Twitter using the the hashtag #planetrvn.

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