[Histonet] Dr Marshall & the English Language

Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist Terry.Marshall <@t> rothgen.nhs.uk
Mon Jan 16 08:27:15 CST 2006

Can't have it too pink means one likes it pink. I did not realise in using this idiom that it is not universally understood.
That's the problem with idioms.
One does not ordinarily want to "detect eosinophilia". For that, the merest whiff of eosin is what is needed, and that is too my eye, hopeless for diagnostic work.
Perhaps Mike means that there is not the nuance of tint if overstained. Of course. By overstating the case I was emphasising my preference to having a blue and red stain to a blue and itsi bitsi pink-in-places stain:_)

Dr Terry L Marshall, B.A.(Law), M.B.,Ch.B.,F.R.C.Path
 Consultant Pathologist
 Rotherham General Hospital
 South Yorkshire
        terry.marshall <@t> rothgen.nhs.uk

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Sent: 13 January 2006 18:06
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Subject: [Histonet] Dr Marshall & the English Language

Dr Terry Marshall sayeth about H & E's that "he cannot have it too pink". Does he mean that he does not want it too pink, or that he likes it pink?! In any event, how can you readily detect eosinophilia when the eosin is too heavy?
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