You may remember my post a few months ago about cervical fluid needing a name of its own. We’ve had a bunch of names roll in from people who agree with that sentiment, but the one we really like and have been using around the office from time to time is … cerviva! What a great name!
It’s like Cervix + Life! (Cer=Cervix, and Viva=Life!) It also sounds enough like “saliva” that there is a precedent for that sort of word being used to describe a mucilaginous bodily secretion. Although mucilaginous is like *THE GROSSEST* word known to man, and I don’t even know why I typed it. AnnnnyWAY …. the pronunciation is more like the “viva” in “Viva Los Vegas!”
The term cerviva was coined by Alexis M, a doctor in R.I., in an email exchange I had with her a little while ago.
I think it’s such a great name! Now the question becomes how do we go about actually “renaming” cervical fluid? Do we just start calling it cerviva and wait for it to catch on? Or do we have to get some kind of buy-in from doctors? It was coined by a doctor — isn’t that good enough? I hope so, because I don’t have time to go around giving out free ballpoint pens to family practitioners in exchange for using a word.
Also, cerviva is the name of a test for cervical cancer, which looks like it’s not yet on the market, but it seems SUPER COOL! Can the name cerviva be used for both that product AND cervical fluid? Maybe — I’ll look into it.
In the meantime, what do you think of the name “cerviva”? Love it? Hate it? Can’t get Elvis’s smooth crooning out of your head?