Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Entry: oculist (n.)

In context: "Mario had been given the name of Dr. James Incandenza's father's father, a dour and golf-addicted Green Valley AZ oculist who made a small fortune, just after Jim grew up and fled east, by inventing those quote X-Ray Specs! that don't work..."

Definition: 1. A specialist or expert in the treatment of eye disorders and defects; an ophthalmologist; an optician.

Other: Usage dates to 1598.  Can't imagine what an oculist would employ in treatment in 1598.  Leeches, I can't help but guess.

SNOOT score: 1
 
Page: 313

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   


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