I gotta stop rewatching 'The Avengers'. I totally blame Mrs. Emma Peel for my vision of Hunter in a leather catsuit. O_o Attractive, but disturbing on so many levels. How that led to a vision of Josef in silk and lace gown, I simply refuse to analyse. x_x Poor, poor
Also, dragons' tails are the best thing ever! Second only to forked tongues. I am sure generals_best
will agree with me. XD XD XD
And to finish off, a quote from 'Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World'
by Nicholas Ostler:
'... John Brough claims there are fifty synonyms for 'lotus', a favourite concept of Sanskrit poetry in both literal and metaphorical senses. Words tend to have multiple senses anyway: the most straighforward word for lotus, padma
has eleven extra senses in the neuter gender (lotus-like ornament, form of a lotus, root of alotus, coloured marks on the face and trunk of an elephant, an army formation, a trillion, lead, a tantric chakra, a mole on the body, a spot, part of a column)
and eight more in the masculine (temple, quarter-elephant, species of serpent, Rama, a treasure of Kubera, a mode of sexual enjoyment,a posture in meditation, a treasure connected with magic).'
This really gives a new depth to the concept of double-meaning. Now I know what was the reason behind that girl's from Cambridge Uni enthusiasm for Sanskrit: she probably indulged in composing poetry with layers and layers of meaning, just like the original speakers of Sanskrit did.