“Posh Spice has one, a whopper that sticks out of her golden lace thong sandals like a raw pink golf ball. And I have two. One on each foot. Hobbling hordes ‘Bunion? Isn’t that what women get for wearing the wrong shoes?’ a friend asked. True. About 50% of American women get bunions, a statistic that didn’t make me feel any better. I owe mine to my mother. Yes, they are hereditary and no, I have never worn stilettos.’Bunion?’ I asked the doctor. ‘Is there no fancier word? Something in Latin perhaps. Something complicated, more interesting?”Well, bunion is the ancient Greek word for turnip. Does that help?’ the doctor with the orange clogs asked. (*)No, it didn’t.”
Even celebrities aren’t immune to the Turnip Disease. And the author of this article (who has a very funny twist on aging) thinks we need to find a different word for bunion too. I sure do. I’ve decided to get back into the world of dating after my surgery (my sister asked, “Would you want to have a first date with a man who was having bunion surgery?” Enough said. Bunions definitely take me back to my paternal grandmother who lived in these really ugly black tie shoes that had a bulge, now that I think of it, the size of “turnip” at her big toe joint. Bunion or turnip, I’m grateful for the new technology and the new right foot I’ll have next week.
What about you? How do you feel about the word “bunion”? What images or memories does it evoke for you? Post your comments below.