Friday, September 15, 2006

Sometimes an Orchid is Just an Orchid

Here's a radio interview I did just yesterday that proves, yet again, that etymology is nothing if not sexy.


Anonymous daz said...

Interesting interview.

So, why is a large musical ensemble called an "orchestra" -- because it is sometimes called upon to play for balls?

2:09 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

LOL. I have some vague memory that there was once a theory that the orchestra pit had to do with a buncha male Greek chorus members standing in a line, kind of orchis-to-orchis, but I think that idea wasn't ever taken that seriously, or isn't now.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous daz said...

. . . and a "cryptorchestra" might be a good name for an ensemble that plays for masqued balls . . .

8:37 AM  
Blogger Andy! said...

It's unrelated, but I was wondering what the preferred spelling of homie/homey would be when referring to another person.

8:55 PM  

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