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stitches = sutures?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:54 pm
by Stevenloan
- Last night a roughneck used a long knife and cut me on my left leg so I had to go to the hospital to have 3 stitches / to get 3 sutures.

- Does this one sound natural to your native ears? :)

Thanks a million!


Re: stitches = sutures?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:48 pm
by trolley
The part about the stitches/sutures sounds just fine. I'm not so sure about the "roughneck" part. A roughneck usually refers to someone who works on the oil-rigs (at least today, it does). It used to mean any sort of unskilled labourer (we call them "grunts" around here). Perhaps you mean "ruffian"? Even that is something I don't hear much anymore. I'd go with thug or hooligan.

Re: stitches = sutures?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:39 am
by Erik_Kowal
"Last night a {thug / ruffian} {stabbed / cut / slashed} my left leg with a dagger, {so I {needed / had} to have three stitches put in at the hospital [Describes the consequences from a technical perspective]} / {and the wound took three stitches [Puts dramatic emphasis on the wound]}".

'Sutures' is not wrong, but it is a medical rather than a layman's term.