The person I spoke to was a woman who certainly at least 60, if not older. And being of the opposing gender, the subject I brought up is very often considered sacrosanct; that is, spoken only among women. To be condescending, I only used the word "cramps," but I'm sure the point got across.
Once I was successfully beyond that barrier, I asked a simple question... "Did you ever hear of the word 'levator'?" To possibly help to refresh her memory, I used the word in sentences that included saying the name "Bob Levator." There was no recollection.
The next question I asked was "When 'cramps' occur, what do you think cramps up?" Her answer was in the form of a question... "The Uterus?"
I responded that, to the best of my knowledge, only muscles cramp up. Other tissue can contract, but that is known as a "state of anaphylaxis." Well, for those who have read the first page of this blog now know that the muscles in the pelvis are called 'Levator' muscles and those who suffer from these cramps are not only women. Yet 25 years of my life went by, losing two very high paying jobs and five cars, before anyone told me what was causing extreme pain in my pelvis whenever I am in an area where there is known to be airborne fungus. Stranger than that is that we have a country half full of women who have at least heard about these cramps, and until recently, never knew the name of the muscles that were cramping up.
By a stroke of luck, a woman friend of mine (nearing age 60) came over from Europe and stayed at my house. This woman has never hidden the fact that she is a lesbian, and I felt I could put her through the same test. I did, and it worked.
In this interview, I stressed that, since she was a lesbian, she would have spoken to many more women about the subject of "cramps" and she had more opportunities than other women to identify the muscles that cramp up in the pelvis. She didn't have a clue.
Is this simply a coincidence?
Well, to be with, everyone seems to think that a "coincidence" means two or more events happen randomly. People should know that coincidences aren't necessarily random. But as is so often the case, you may have to resort to looking up the word in a old dictionary to find the true meaning of words. Below are examples of what I mean.
co·in·ci·dence[koh-in-si-duhns] Show IPA
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Displaying 1 result(s) from the 1913 edition:
Coincidence (Page: 276)
The very concurrence and coincidence of ao many evidences . . . carries a great weight. Sir M. Hale.
Those who discourse . . . of the nature of truth . . . affirm a perfect coincidence between truth and goodness. South.
Displaying 1 result(s) from the 1828 edition: