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Random Thought of The Day

I have suddenly remembered (from the apparently bottomless font of useless information I have stored) that Orchid *literally* means "testicle" (from the Greek orkhis,via modern Latin).

I can't but think that puts rather a different complexion on this exchange from Cabin Pressure (in "Helsinki"):

MARTIN: Douglas, I can’t help but notice you’ve filled the flight deck with orchids.
DOUGLAS: Yes. Yes, I have done that. Yes.
MARTIN: Are you about to propose to me?
DOUGLAS: It pains me to break your heart, Martin, but no.

Not to mention this exchange between The Professionals (in "Operation Susie"):

DOYLE: Same old story. Eh, his professor's gone off on an orchid-hunting expedition in Borneo. D'you fancy a trip?
BODIE: What, this time of year? Why not.
DOYLE: You'll have to bring your butterfly net.
BODIE: It's already packed, mate. Anything else? [...]
BODIE: Why do I need a butterfly net for orchids?
DOYLE: A strong lad like you going to catch them in your fingers?

Sorry. Very silly of me, I know... but it made me giggle so I figured I'd share in case anyone else is also secretly eight years old.

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moonlightmead
Nov. 14th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
Heh. Good spot!

I am not even secret about my mental age...
heliophile_oxon
Nov. 14th, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, how much do I love this! I did know about the etymology, but had never put the two together in my head! (Well of course I put those two together all the time, but I mean the orchids in this exchange *bg*)

Thank you for shedding light on an important moment! ;-) *g*
natsuko1978
Nov. 14th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
Oh! Sorry, I meant to friend to back but forgot! Done it now (which means if you go one post back you'll find me - f'locked - trying to list all the lads' girfriends seen or mentioned in the eps and asking for help).

Thank/blame Th'y'la (http://ramesesniblickthethird.tumblr.com/post/102292291868/i-dont-understand-youre-big-and-strong) who started my brain on word association. :D But I'm not on Tumblr so had to post it here.

I'm so, so glad that at least two other people aren't starting at this post blanking while thinking "this woman is mental!". :D


heliophile_oxon
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *bg*
And I do indeed thank and blame Th'y'la for a great many things *g* (she and her fantastic gif sets are basically the reason I started looking at tumblr at all. They really are great, aren't they!).
Ah well, if that's insanity I'm glad I share it *g*
natsuko1978
Nov. 14th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I rec'ed Th'y'la here a while ago just in case anyone didn't know about her. I love her gifs and commentary/meta and have her page pinboarded.

If you feel like quoting/sharing this on Tumblr, btw, feel free. (This goes for any unlocked Pros posts - share anywhere, if you see fit or just feel like it. I'm on the newsletter, but don't post/share to comms because I'm basically shy and a wuss and scared of being a freak - but if *other* people do it, it's different, if that makes any sense at all. /wimpy wittering.)

I'm off to think about Bodie and Doyle on a testicle-hunting expedition... with Bodie being careful of his big, strong fingers *G*
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