The doctor explained to Jenkins that he had a serious ailment for which an operation was absolutely imperative.
The patient turned pale and asked, "Isn’t it very dangerous?"
"Yes," the doctor replied. "Five out of six who undergo this operation die, but as for you, you have nothing to worry about."
"Why not?" eagerly inquired the patient.
"Well, you’re sure to recover because my last five patients died," the doctor reassured him.
n. - chem. Colourless volatile organic liquid used as an anaesthetic or solvent.
- clear sky; upper regions of the air.
- hist. A medium formerly assumed to permeate all space. B medium through which electromagnetic waves were formerly thought to be transmitted. [greek aitho burn]
—n. Set of moral principles (the quaker ethic). —adj. = *ethical. [greek: related to *ethos]
n. Characteristic spirit or attitudes of a community etc. [greek ethos character]
n. (attrib.) A radical derived from ethane, present in alcohol and ether. [german: related to *ether]
n. = *study n. 6. [french, = study]
v. (-ding) 1 a escape from, avoid, esp. By guile or trickery. B avoid doing (one's duty etc.). C avoid answering (a question).
- avoid paying (tax). [latin evado escape]
n.pl. = *even money.
n. - thing that happens.
- fact of a thing's occurring.
- item in a (esp. Sports) programme. at all events (or in any event) whatever happens. In the event as it turns (or turned) out. In the event of if (a specified thing) happens. In the event that if it happens that. [latin venio vent- come]
adj. - each single (heard every word).
- each at a specified interval in a series (comes every four days).
- all possible (every prospect of success). every bit as colloq. (in comparisons) quite as. Every now and again (or then) from time to time. Every other each second in a series (every other day). Every so often occasionally. [old english: related to *ever, *each]
- one n. Each one.
v. Expel (a tenant etc.) By legal process. eviction n. [latin evinco evict- conquer]