Forget Me Not
The Latin phrase Noli me tangere appears in John 20:17 and is translated as “Touch me not or “don’t touch me” or “don’t tread on me”, spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognized him after his resurrection.
Interesting Factoids and Legends
In medicine, the phrase or a paraphrase in the vernacular is often drilled into surgical students regarding organs of the body that are notoriously delicate or prone to develop complications if disturbed, the most common invocation of this phrase concerned the heart. In current times, the organ considered most deserving of the phrase is typically the pancreas; the maxim “eat when you can, sleep when you can, don’t mess with the pancreas” is commonly found in surgical anecdotes.
Mimosa pudica (from Latin: pudica “shy, bashful or shrinking”; also called sensitive plant, sleepy plant, Dormilones or shy plant) is a creeping annual or perennial herb of the pea family Fabaceae often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later.
Myosotis from the Greek “mouse’s ear” commonly called forget-me-nots or scorpion grasses.
In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, “Forget-me-not, O Lord!” God replied, “That shall be your name”
In another Greek legend, when the Creator thought he had finished giving the flowers their colours, he heard one whisper “Forget me not!” There was nothing left but a very small amount of blue, but the forget-me-not was delighted to wear such a light blue shade.
In medieval times, it was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.
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