As you guys know, I moonlight doing medical market research interviews. Some are over the internet, some are in person, and some are by phone.
Some of the phone meetings have been outsourced overseas, so occasionally I find myself chatting with someone who speaks English, but with a non-American accent. Occasionally it's someone to whom English is a second language, though usually they're still quite good at it. And that's the situation I found myself in yesterday morning.
The study was on my interactions with drug reps, given by a lady with a mild, nonspecific, accent, but her English was still quite good and understandable. Unfortunately, it was also very old-style, and oddly formal, with phrases and words that aren't used much among modern English speakers. Understandable words, just a little odd.
Most of them were minor, but one was an issue. She used the old word for personal interaction.
Which is "intercourse".
Yes, I know it can mean ANY kind of personal interaction, and the technical phrase for sex is "sexual intercourse". But it's been shortened over time, to where now intercourse just means you're doing the wild thing.
And I'm a veteran of crazy patients, and having to keep a straight face. And I freaking lost it here, (thank heavens for the phone mute button) and at one point had to run to the john to keep from peeing myself (I told her I was going for a Diet Coke).
Here are some of the questions:
"How many times a day do you have intercourse with drug reps?"
My inner voice: It's variable, depending on the time left after I have intercourse with patients.
"If a drug rep provides lunch for your office, are you more likely to have intercourse with them?"
My inner voice: My standards aren't that high. If she's hot, I don't care if she brings prime rib or Taco Bell.
"Do any of your staff members also have intercourse with drug reps?"
My inner voice: Oh yeah, we have a non-stop orgy here. Nowadays I just wear a silk robe to work.
"During intercourse, did the rep provide you with insurance formulary information?"
My inner voice: If she did, I was too preoccupied to notice.
"Following intercourse, did the rep provide you with medication samples?"
My inner voice: No, but we shared a cigarette.
Wait until Mary and Annie find out I had intercourse with a marketing person yesterday. Of course, then I'll be having intercourse with them, too.