Botany is Sexy!
Today, I was teaching about flowers (plant sex) in a high school botany class when I realized there are some sexy biology words missing from the English dictionary.
Now, you might wonder what words could be absent from 171,476 words that are “in-use” in the Oxford English Dictionary, but there are some of important ones!
Unlike humans, most flowers are hermaphrodites and contain male (yellow feathery things in the photo) AND female (white stick-like thing in the photo) organs.
Like humans (Stick with me on this plant junk…), the organs of flowers each have their own scientific name like: anther, ovum, filament, ovary, stigma, style, or carpals. More importantly though, scientists also have names for the composite male and female organs of a flower. The female parts of a flower are called the “pistil” and the combined male parts are named the “stamen”.
So, how come human anatomy has no such words for the male and female reproductive systems? These important groups of human organs need names. Not pistil and stamen, but human names that are complementary to the oddities of the human reproductive systems.
Sadly, it’s nearly 1AM and I’ve drawn a complete blank on what these words should be.
I’m off to bed and I look forward to your comments/ideas!