Patients vs. Patience

I need to get this off my chest so please patient with me.

In fact, let’s talk about patience.

A person can be patient or have patience, but they cannot have patients unless they are a doctor or any type of medical facility. A person also can be a patient patient, but from all the “Grey’s Anatomy” I’ve watched, that doesn’t seem likely.


The plural of patient (n. a person who receives medical care or treatment) is patients.

To have patience (n.) is the capacity of being patient (patient defined here as an adjective would be the ability to remain calm in difficult situations or doing things carefully and not hurriedly).

Therefore, when updating your Instagram profile descriptions, please use the correct noun. Patience is a virtue, but not when you use patients.

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