Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Irony III

From a web portal on ongoing clinical trials.

The ironically named physician leading the study on the efficacy of metformin as an adjuvant to castration in treatment of advanced prostate cancer is Devalingam Mahalingam.

Deva- is from the Indo-European stem for God (hence dios/theos in Greek and the Latin deus).

Maha- meaning great has the Indo-European stem meg from which we get mega-, magnus, etc.

And lingam? That means phallus, which is worshiped by devotees of Shiva as a symbol of the male procreative force in nature.

In Hindu temples the shivalingam is placed on a pedestal representing the female reproductive organs (yoni*) thus creating a potent (fnarr, fnarr) fertility symbol.

Dr. Divine-penis Great-penis, we wish you the best of luck in your clinical study!

*In Watership Down there is a hedgehog called Yoni, surely an inside joke. 

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