Saturday, February 11, 2006

It's diplomate, not diplomat

dip·lo·mate Pronunciation: 'dip-l&-"mAt Function: noun: one who holds a diploma; especially : a physician qualified to practice in a medical specialty by advanced training and experience in the specialty followed by passing an intensive examination by a national board of senior specialists
dip·lo·mat ( P ) Pronunciation Key (dpl-mt)n.
One, such as an ambassador, who has been appointed to represent a government in its relations with other governments.
One who uses skill and tact in dealing with others.

One of my pet peeves is when a physician mistakenly calls himself a "diplomat", as in diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. It's "Diplomate." I see this mistake all the time on letterheads and cv's.


Anonymous said...

I agree absolutely. Many "very famous" people in my field (surgery) make this egregious mistake in their CVs. Very revealing type of mistake for a specialty that prides itself on 'doing things exacly right'.

James T. Lee, MD,PhD,FACS
Professor of Surgery (retired)
University of Minnesota

Anonymous said...

rouprneYAY! I have often been corrected for my alleged mispelling of my diplomate! TY!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information! I am assisting an MD on his CV and will make sure I use diplomate!