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06 So what is that spleen thing, anyway?




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This article is from the the official alt.spleen FAQ, by Andrew Stellman with numerous contributions by others.

Andrew says: NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MAIL TO ME REQUESTING MEDICAL ADVICE! I AM NOT A DOCTOR, AND WILL NOT GIVE YOU ANY USEFUL INFORMATION.

06 So what is that spleen thing, anyway?

The easiest way to answer that question is to consult the dictionary:

Word         SPLEEN (SPLEEN)  n.
Definition   --n.  1. a. One of the largest lymphoid structures in human
             beings, a visceral organ composed of a white pulp of lymphatic
             nodules and tissue and a red pulp of venous sinusoids in a
             framework of fibrous partitions lying on the left side below the
             diaphragm, functioning as a blood filter and to store blood.  b.
             A homologous organ or tissue in other vertebrates.  2. Obs.  a.
             The seat of emotions or passions.  b. A whim; caprice.  3.
             Archaic. Melancholy.  4. Ill temper.
             spleeny --adj.
Etymology    ME splene < OFr. esplen < Lat. splen < Gk splen.
Domain       Everyday conversation

As everyone knows, the spleen is more than just a part of your lymphatic system. When properly cared for and coddled, a spleen can lead to a more fulfilling, and often more interesting life.

And, according to linguist Matthew Messner (mmdm@andrew.cmu.edu):

Word         SPLENDID (SPLEHN'-did)
Definition   --adj. of, or pertaining to, the spleen.

 

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