End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Jun 1995 to 20 Jun 1995 ************************************************ There are 22 messages totalling 501 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. nurse / "sister" (13) 2. Hot as toffit (fwd) 3. hot as toffit 4. Maps 5. NEH budget vote 6. Tim Fraser's request (3) 7. e-xcommunicated 8. ?Katie bar the door. (fwd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 21 Jun 1995 13:43:13 -0300 From: Chris Brooks Subject: nurse / "sister" Does anyone have a comment on the use of "sister" for "nurse"? My Czexh colleague just asked me if they are the same in English. Here in Kuwait, nurses are addressed as "sister"; evidently being addressed as "nurse" is being demeaned, though the *job title* itself is "nurse." He says that in Czechoslovakia, the complete name translates as "health sister" or "sister of health," but in practice it is shortened to "sister." I remember that in Indonesia, "suster" is also used; would this be a borrowing from the Dutch? Is "sister" used for "nurse" in other Germanic and / or Slavic languages? Finally, does "sister" for "nurse" derive from Catholic nuns who often serve as nurses throughout the world? Or does the meaning come from the biological "sister," or someone who is close to you, supportive, nurturing, etc? Thanks for your ideas. Chris Brooks / Kuwait