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People often ask me about Asian-Sirens: What does ‘sirens’ mean?

Well here’s the answer:

1. Greek Mythology. One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.
2. A woman regarded as seductive and beautiful.
3a. A device in which compressed air or steam is driven against a rotating perforated disk to create a loud, often wailing sound as a signal or warning.
3b. An electronic device producing a similar sound as a signal or warning: a police car siren.
4. Any of several salamanders of the family Sirenidae, such as the mud eel, having an eellike body, permanent external gills, small forelegs, and no hind limbs.

I think the second description covers the load quite well 😉

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  1. The history of the word ‘siren’ isn’t entirely clear from this. Meaning (1) was the original definition. It soon became extended to include women who seduce men with their singing (hence female singers would be covered by this), and then it came to signify seductive women in general (presumably the definition used by this site!).

    The warning device comes from the fact that the singing of the original sirens signified danger, although of course the sailors didn’t see it that way! I believe the salamanders came to be called this because this is what they imagined the original sirens actually looked like.

    On another note, Tim Buckley’s (father of Jeff) “Song to the Siren” is IMHO one of the greatest songs ever written. It was most famously covered by the brilliant band This Mortal Coil (with Elizabeth Frasier of the Cocteau Twins on vocals), although my favourite version is by the obscure Texan singer-songwriter Laurie Freelove (who despite the name is actually a woman).

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