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11 novembre 2009 3 11 /11 /novembre /2009 06:11

The origins of proper nouns
may be surprising...

"Tamiflu" : by now, most of you have already heard this name. It is the medecine aimed at curing the H1N1 flu. We may either have watched/heard it on TV, read it in newspapers or magazines... or heard it on air.
                          But where does the word "Tamiflu" come from ?

 Well... I also guess you have heard of Shakespeare !

 "The Taming of the Shrew" -one of his plays- tells  about a man (Petrucchio) whose future bride is  unwilling to have a relationship with him, at first.  Therefore Petrucchio has to  "tame" his future bride.

"Tamiflu" is a pun suggesting this drug is taming                                 
the flu !
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                          on air = on the radio
                          bride = a woman who is about to get married or has just got married
                          tame (V) = to control an animal/something  dangerous or powerful
                          pun = a play on words

 

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