Which came first?August 11, 2007
My boss, an MD/PhD, was about to say something when he suddenly forgot what it was. “Sorry,” he said. “Brain infarct.”
My first reaction was to giggle at this phrase, which sounded to me like a physician/scientist’s clever evasion of the term “brain fart” in favor of something less vulgar. But then I realized that, in the context of forgetfulness, “brain infarct” (brain damage caused by a loss of blood flow) actually makes a lot more sense than “brain fart” (which is . . . what, exactly?). Although I had initially assumed that the former excuse was inspired by the latter, maybe the opposite is true. Maybe people used to say “brain infarct” (or “brain farct”) all the time until somebody misheard it and started spreading the flatulence around.
So which came first, the infarct or the fart? Right now my money is on “infarct.”