The creative language that doctors use to insult their patients and each other is in rude health, with the former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff lending his name to one of the latest slang medical terms.
A Hasselhoff is medical shorthand for a patient who turns up in casualty "with an injury with a bizarre explanation", according to the latest edition of the British Medical Journal.
The slang was inspired by a freak injury the former Knight Rider actor suffered at London’s Sanderson hotel last year when he hit his head on a glass shelf – or chandelier according to some newspaper reports – while shaving and cut his arm.
Other pop culture icons to lend their names to irreverent medical terminology include Jack Bauer, the protagonist of the US TV series 24, and Mini Me, Doctor Evil’s pint-sized clone from the Austin Powers films.
A Jack Bauer is a doctor who is "still up and working after 24 hours on the job", while a Mini Me is a trainee or medical student who emulates their senior colleagues a bit too much but does not say a lot.
Perhaps the least complimentary term is reserved for patients: a Father Jack is a "confused, usually elderly patient whose constant high-pitched verbal ejaculation and attempts to get out of bed are responsible for insomnia on wards".
The slang comes from the name of the rancid old priest in the TV series Father Ted who sits in the corner of the room drinking heavily and shouting "feck" and "arse".
The list has been compiled by Paul Keeley, a consultant in palliative medicine at Glasgow Royal infirmary.
Keeley said: "Just as doctors need to familiarise themselves with new words arising from new concepts and technologies, they need to keep up with changing usages and slang."