I'm trying to come up with a campaign around a disease and the patients' wanting to live a normal life i.e. going topless at the beach, swimming with friends, etc.

My thinking is "[Disease name] Undressed" - meaning we break down everything you need to know about the disease and give you all the information you need to take your disease into your own hands through various resources etc. etc.

I'm sure I've heard "let's undress the situation" before, but cannot seem to find anything online!

Thanks in advance!

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    I suspect that using "undressed" will evoke, possibly unwanted, sexual connotations. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 10:18
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    You probably misheard "let's undress the situation", because it would be a very strange thing to say.
    – RedSonja
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 10:46
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    I wonder if the use of undress in this context is a mistaken hearing of address - situations are often addressed, rarely undressed. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 12:26
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    @ThisFieldIsRequired Lack of signs of research (as I suggest above). "I've not found anything" is insufficient without named texts. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 16:18
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    *Unpack” is the usual idiom.
    – Xanne
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 22:54

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No, you can't use "undress" in this context.

Try something like:

  • Everything you need to know about X
  • X: FAQ
  • Living with X
  • X explained
  • X: Basic facts
  • I'd say "Living with X" comes with its own set of difficulties, but the rest of your alternatives are great.
    – ophact
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 10:50
  • Thank you for saying undress does not work here. I suggest: [x}: Basic Facts
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 16:00

"[X] Undressed" and its variations have been used in titles, sometimes, but not always, in a tongue-in-cheek/provocative fashion, for example when the subject involves dress, sexuality, the human body, etc. It also appears to be used with the connotation of "stripping the subject bare." Below are some examples (two of the books were published by Oxford and Cambridge University Presses and two papers were published in Nature).

Personally, I think a title like "Psoriasis Undressed" is worth consideration, especially if the purpose is to explain the disease and its treatments to a lay public, helping those with the condition gain self-confidence. Photos used in the campaign would help emphasize the two meanings of "undressed."

However, if the disease does not have dermatological symptoms (e.g., depression) and your goal is simply to improve patients' conditions so they get out of the house more, I would stay away from "undressed."

undress (v.)


But the combination of Adele’s authenticity, her natural beauty, her unparalleled vocal talent and her willingness to undress her deepest emotions in song, coalesced for a special that felt exactly that – special. — Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 m-w

To strip or divest of or as if of a covering; expose:

undress a pretense dictionary.com

In the later Middle Ages clothing was used to mark religious, military, and chivalric orders; in the courtly milieu, more specifically, the ostentatious display of luxury dress was used as a means of self-definition for the ruling elite. In Courtly Love Undressed, E. Jane Burns explores the representation of this material culture in the literary texts and other documents that imagine various functions for elite clothing in twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. Blurb for E. Jane Burns; Courtly Love Undressed (2002)

(A number of other works have "Courtly Love Undressed" in the title.)

Exoticisation Undressed is an innovative ethnography that makes visible the many layers through which our understandings of indigenous cultures are filtered and their inherent power to distort and refract understanding. The book focuses in detail on the clothing practices of the Emberá in Panama, an Amerindian ethnic group, who have gained national and international visibility through their engagement with indigenous tourism. Blurb for Dimitrios Theodossopoulos; Exoticisation Undressed: Ethnographic nostalgia and authenticity in Emberá clothes (2016)

This study investigates the spatiotemporal dynamics associated with conscious and non-conscious processing of naked and dressed human bodies. L. Legrand et al.; "Basic Instinct Undressed: Early Spatiotemporal Processing for Primary Sexual Characteristics" in PLOS ONE (2013)

Ethnic conflict is not—because there are no ethnic groups in conflict. This is the main conclusion of a comparison of so-called “ethnic conflicts” in the Balkans and in colonial India. A comparison of Muslim nation building in these two regions provides several valuable insights that go far beyond the specific cases. Thus far, there have been many hints in the literature on similarities between Bosnia and Pakistan or the Balkans and the Indian subcontinent as a whole. But there have been no systematic comparisons, though many parallels emerge when we look more closely. Carsten Wieland; '“Ethnic Conflict” Undressed: Patterns of Contrast, Interest of Elites, and Clientelism of Foreign Powers in Comparative Perspective—Bosnia, India, Pakistan' (2018)

Fragile chemical groups can be shielded from harsh reaction conditions by temporary protection. This approach is conventional wisdom for organic synthesis, but is it always the best solution? John Porco; "Synthesis undressed" in Nature 21 March 2007

We have categorized the mainstream theories of perfect and imperfect competition as fakery with evident misrepresentational intent. In the section on methodology, we implied that it would be legitimate to undress the subject under investigation in order to dress it up again in thought. Charles Wheelan; Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (2003)

One of mankind's most enduring questions is the legitimate scope of state power: how far and in what ways may the government meddle with people's lives? Where lies the line that government ought not cross? Jethro Lieberman; Liberalism Undressed (2012)

Thomas Conners; "Javanese undressed" in D. Gil and A. Schapper (eds.) Austronesian Undressed (2020)

Amanda Murphy; "The Empress Undressed: Dress, Disguise, and the Next Generation in Pushkin's Prose" in The Russian Review (2017)

Richard D. Averitt; "Quasiparticles undressed" in Nature (2008)

Eric Bronson; "The Myth of Resilience: Ajax Undressed" in Mosaic vol. 52, n.4 (2019)

Dale Barbour; "Undressed Toronto: The Transformation of Bathing, 1850 to 1935" (2018) [Dissertation]

  • I agree that "'Psoriasis Undressed' is worth consideration ... ." +1 Also, your mention of "stripping the subject bare " makes me think that "Psoriasis laid bare" might also be worth considering.
    – Papa Poule
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 14:41
  • "psoriasis undressed" really bothers me since people who have it are especially sensitive about being in a state of undress where everyone can see their skin. For pity's sake.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 17:02
  • I assume that would be the purpose of the OP's campaign–so patients know their condition can improve with treatment and that they can lead a more normal life.
    – DjinTonic
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 17:13
  • You can cite as many uses as you like. You won't find one where it says a disease is undressed. Not one of your hits has anything at all to do with diseases. In fact, "psoriasis" undressed is LOL. Sorry.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 15:57

An idiomatic term would be "unravelled". However, using it with the name of the disease would cause a certain ambiguity as it would be interpreted as only a claim to explain the disease itself.

(Cambridge Dictionary) If you unravel a mysterious, unknown, or complicated subject, you make it known or understood, and if it unravels, it becomes known or understood: We have a long way to go before we unravel the secrets of genetics.

(ref. 1) Crochet Unravelled: A Clear and Concise Guide to Learning

(ref. 2) Leadership Unravelled: The Faulty Thinking Behind Modern Management

  • "Living with [Disease name] Unravelled"
  • Doesn't 'unravel' mean something closer to 'uncomplicate'?
    – Joachim
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 16:44
  • unravel is for thing that are, by definition, tangled.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 17:03
  • @Lambie Matter of opinion then from your point of view ? the Cambridge dictionary is clear: "complicated subject".
    – LPH
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 21:38
  • @Joachim "Uncomplicate", yes, but through explanation, not through simplification.
    – LPH
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 21:41
  • One does not unravel a disease. One unravels a topic.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 15:56

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