Monkeypox / Monkey Pox

brownmane

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MPOX it is.

Senior Biden officials who have been pressuring the World Health Organization to rename monkeypox have succeeded in their efforts. Monkeypox has been rebranded MPOX. The White House requested the name change because of its racist connotation.

The name change proposal was met with some opposition. Some health experts argued that the name change could cause confusion and make it more difficult to track the disease. However, the administration argued that the name change was necessary in order to remove the stigma associated with "monkeypox. "

The original name of monkeypox was chosen based on the fact that the disease is commonly found in monkeys. The new name, MPOX, is more representative of the fact that the disease can affect humans as well.

https://boingboing.net/2022/11/23/world-health-organization-renames-monkeypox-its-now-mpox.html
Because no one is going to figure out what word the "M" is replacing? Humans kill me:hahazebs:
 

Mungoman

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Being a Geordie in origin...is the 'M' word supposed to represent a Frenchman?
 

gordonrutter

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If you want to piss off a Geordie, ask if they've hung any monkeys lately...https://hartlepoolmonkey.tumblr.com/post/10139708158/hartlepool-monkey-in-get-fuzzy-2
Geordies are not from Hartlepool so mistaking them for someone from there would indeed piss them off. Hartlepool Scouts used to have a monkey on their badge.
 
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