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Pet peeve: baby talk

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Editor's choice: A NY Times article today about the ill consequences of the grating practice of health care workers and others to talk to older people as if they were children. My father, a kind and gentle man, surprised us all by menacing a nurse with a cane because of her persistence in this kind of talk

The Times indicates there are ill health consequences in the demeaning practice. (I confess, it's fresh on my mind because of the "sweetie pie" address of a young server at a Little Rock restaurant this weekend to a mature woman in our party. I won't repeat the woman's threatened tart rejoinder to the server's cootchy-coo familiarity.)

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