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What’s in a Name?

Christine d’Abo who recently sold to Ellora’s Cave — yeah, Christine! — tagged me for a name game. I’ve reluctantly agreed to accept the challenge (LOL), even though it means revealing my middle name. Not that I don’t like my middle name. It’s original. The only other person I know who has it is my mom. Her middle name, too. In fact, I suspect my Grandmother might have made it up. (She claimed it’s Welsh.)

Here goes…

1. YOUR REAL NAME:

Maureen McGowan

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first three letters of your name, plus izzle)

Mauizzle. (Everyone must address me this way from now on. Or else.)

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three of your last)

Mmcg Hmmm… Well, there’s a director called McG, right? Not sure how it’s pronounced with the extra M.

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal)

Coral Puppy Take that. (Not sure if coral’s my favourite colour… but I’m wearing it right now and just LOVED how well it went with puppy.)

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, Street you live on):

Luverna Hurndale I must be the matriarch who’s been on the soap since the 50’s.

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom’s maiden name)

Mcgmadaf Ooooo. I like that, even if it’s a little vowel deficient at the start.

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (favorite color, favorite drink)

Coral Martini Not sure if that sounds like a superhero, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on a menu somewhere.

8. YOUR IRAQI NAME: (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, any letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your moms maiden name, 3rd letter of your dad’s middle name, 1st letter of a sibling’s first name, last letter of your moms middle name)

Agawse Doesn’t sound Iraqi to me… And not sure I like the idea of making fun of another language anyway.

9. YOUR STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/body spray)

Jil Sander #4 Huh? Since when do perfume names make good stripper names. (I guess I do like a boringly named perfume, though.)

10. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name)

Luverna Edward. Yeah, cause that name would help me blend.

Okay, I tag…. Diana Peterfreund, Mel Francis, Margaret Moore

What American Accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central

“North Central” is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw “Fargo” you probably didn’t think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

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Outsiders mistake you for Canadian a lot. LOL.

Fun Quiz

Fun? I guess that says something about me that I find taking a little mini-test fun. Sometimes I do miss school. Is that sick or what?

You paid attention during 97% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don’t get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

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Anyway… I want to know which question I got wrong! I thought the test was pretty easy. I’ll bet it was the religion one. Since when are religious topics taught in high school anyway?

Have fun if you do the test. :-)

More funny words

I’m ranting over on drunk writer talk today, so thought I’d keep things light here 😉

This is part deux of the Washington Post contest. In this part, entrants were asked to alter a word by adding, subtracting or changing one letter and then providing a new definition. (I like #4)

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

2. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

3. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

4. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

5. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

6. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

7. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

8 Karmageddon (n): It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

9. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

10. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

11. Dopeler Effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

12. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

13. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

14 Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

New meaning

I’m not responsible for this. According to my sister who sent it to me, the list is from the Washington Post. Hilarious.

Our family has been playing a game we called “Dictionary” that we thought we invented, long before the game “Balderdash” hit shelves. So this idea is near and dear to our hearts.

Entrants were asked to assign a new meaning to existing words. Enjoy.

1. Coffee (n.): the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.): appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.): to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.): to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.): impotent

6. Negligent (adj.): describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.): to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.): olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.): emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.): a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.): a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.): the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (n): a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.): a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.): (back by popular demand). The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.): an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

Domain Name Issues

So, if you’re a writer… have you registered a domain name yet? Do so with caution.

My brother in law sent me a list of hilarious domain names of real companies that didn’t pay too much attention when they did their registering….

They’re all real sites. Crazy.

  1. First, a site called ‘Who Represents’ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity… www.whorepresents.com I think I’ll bookmark this one…
  2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at http://www.expertsexchange.com/ What kind of advice is available? Careful if you click to this link… It tried to change my homepage when I did.
  3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at http://www.penisland.net/
  4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at http://www.therapistfinder.com/ Ooops.
  5. Or, an Italian Power Generator company… http://www.powergenitalia.com/ Might work if you’re writing erotica for the paranormal market? Hero with really special superpowers?
  6. One of my personal favourites: Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New SouthWales: http://www.molestationnursery.com/ Who wouldn’t trust their children to this nursery? Okay, it’s not that kind of nursery. Funny anyway.
  7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s alwayshttp://www.ipanywhere.com/ Ok. This one’s pretty juvenile and I have a feeling this company knew exactly what they were doing… I mean, the correct way to pronounce it (ip anywhere) and the “funny” way (I pee anywhere) are both the same.
  8. But this one’s pretty good. The First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is http://www.cummingfirst.com/ Another possible erotica website name?
  9. And an art direction site… another one where I wonder if they didn’t see what they’d done… http://www.speedofart.com/ There’s nothing worse than a speedo fart.
  10. Finally, a tourist site for Lake Tahoe http://www.gotahoe.com/ Of course hoe spelled that way is actually a gardening tool… But kinda funny anyway.

Okay, writers are unlikely to get into traps like these. But I have heard stories about writers choosing a pen name and then finding out that they share their new name with a porno star or mass murderer…

Guess it makes sense to look at things from more than one angle, eh!