Is there such a word as `auto dentist’?

Yes, the word does exist; it has been around for a few years now. You may be surprised to know that the word `dentist’ in this case does not refer to the doctor who looks after people’s teeth! As you walk along the road and look at the various parked cars, scooters and motorcycles, what is it that strikes you? What is it that the vehicles have in common? Most of them have `dents’; there are very few cars in India that do not have dents. An `auto dentist’ is someone who repairs the dents and other minor damages in cars. Auto means `car’ and `dentist’ means `one who repairs dents’.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – December 11, 2006.

 

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