Whole orchards at Sir Paul’s funeral…really?

Whoever did the line that there were “orchards” on Sir Paul Holmes’ coffin had better brush up their CV…

Herald bomb Holmes

Just as well they have “decent journalists, trained and skilled“…they must have been on holiday otherwise they’d know they really meant “orchids“. 

Which if you look at the etymology of word is really very appropriate for the state of the Herald under Shayne Currie:

The name comes from the Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning “testicle”, because of the shape of the root. Linnaeus categorized the family as OrchidaceaeOrchid was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in School Botany, due to an incorrect attempt to extract the Latin stem (orchis) from Orchidaceae.

The Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants. Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysus (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysus. For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians. His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower.

These flowers were previously called OrchisSatyrion (Satyrion feminina), or “ballockwort”.


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  • J.M

    Heaven forbid. It’s downright embarrassing that standards there are so low. If unsure a check of a dictionary will clarify spelling. Super sloppy.

  • LesleyNZ

    Now that is not just a typo. Just checked and I see the word “orchids” was correctly used in main story so whoever did the photo part got it very wrong.

  • Rodger T

    Tell us again how NZs education system is the best in the world.

  • Gazzaw

    Right slap bang on the front page of the print version. Under the circumstances you would think that some extra care might be taken but then why would you think that? There was Shayne Currie blathering on Twitter about the great Paul Holmes anecdotes at the funeral yesterday and his own sub-editors don’t have the courtesy to get things right on the day.

  • The solution is simple: all those papers have to do is come down from their high horse claiming they are somehow better, more professional, and all this goes away.

    As it is, there is a daily stream of proof to the opposite, bot from the published materials as well as the behaviour of some of their staff in public.

  • Patrick

    Stop buying the rag plain & simple. It will then cease to exist. The journalists will then be tipped into the real world & have to get proper jobs like the rest of us. Reality check!
    Same for that whining sniveller John Campbell – stop watching his sh1te programme, ratings plummet, advertisers run a mile & then he gets the DCM.