You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I was wandering the net, avoiding work, like you do, and found this quote here on Patientsville:

Although Oxygen demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as death, may still occur.

Let me run that by you wordsmiths who didn’t get it the first time.

Death is a symptom.

Of what? “Oh Doctor, the patient seems to have died.”

“I see. Let’s see what other symptoms he has, perhaps we can diagnose this tricky condition. It’s probably caused by Oxygen!”

What exactly is a symptom? Obviously, I’ve been using it wrong these past four decades. I’d better get it right with what Patientsville is saying. Dictionary.com to the rescue.

1. any phenomenon or circumstance accompanying something and serving as evidence of it.
2. a sign or indication of something.
3. Pathology. a phenomenon that arises from and accompanies particular disease or disorder and serves as an indication of it.
Ummm. Nope. See #3 there? I’m certain death is not a symptom. It’s a result.
Monty Python did a nice job of discussing this, sort of, as an ancillary issue in the dead parrot sketch.
‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
Yar. So what have we learned today? We’ve learned Oxygen is dangerous to former and current smokers with COPD. (For all those people who smoke and say, “I don’t care if it kills me,” COPD is the application and cause and effect.) We’ve learned death can be symptom of Oxygen use. In fact, every single person who has died has probably ingested Oxygen at some point in their life.
Clint Agrees.
Clint Agrees.
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