I love how English changes and evolves and have total compassion for those trying to learn it. How many of our words have multiple meanings; i.e., Red, read, read, There Their etc. So when I come upon a new expression, I just have to make a note of it.
I don’t know where the expression came from, television, a show, or if the girl had just made it up. But, I told the girl right then and there, that I would steal the expression from her. So here is the very short story of my theft. (Is it theft when you announce it to all?)
I was in the bookshop the other day ordering some books for a gift. My order was to say the least, very complicated. When I approached the help desk, the shop was quiet and it was just me and the check out girl. She too was a lover of books and writing and with each order we found ourselves compelled to discuss the title, and the book itself. We were having a crackingly good time, when to our shame we looked up, and there was a massive line behind me. She smiled and grimaced before declaring, “I had better call up one of the male carbon units.”
I loved it. I marvelled in it.
Male Carbon Units…nothing more needs to be said.