Former coroner David Heilpern’s confession last week that he mistakenly recorded a death as from ‘onanism’ rather than aneurism (damn you, autocorrect!) is hilarious. There would be worse ways to go, I would think, including from the COVID Delta variant.
More importantly, David addressed the excessive onanism practised by those who hold to conspiracy narratives (‘theories’ is a word more suited to hard science) that contend the bulk of ICU doctors, epidemiologists and legal officers are serving a sinister global crackdown on human rights.
I suggest more people could choose to read David’s piece instead of the ravings of those with a degree in YouTube. It is still available online at https://bit.ly/2YIYWZD.
On a lighter note, the US writer Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) called her canary Onan because he ‘spilled his seed upon the ground’.