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Did you know ‘funny’ can have a serious meaning?

By 25 March 2018Language Tips

Funny doesn't always mean laughter

Have you ever heard a patient say they feel funny?

If you have, did you notice that they are not smiling as they say it?

Funnily enough, this is because funny can be used in this way to mean strange or ‘not quite right’.

If your patient is saying this to you, it’s because they are concerned about their symptoms and are looking for some empathy from you.

A good response would be:

That’s not good. Can you describe how you’re feeling to me?