Archive for ‘what’s in a name?’

October 18th, 2013


To join or fit closely or tightly.

October 17th, 2013


The SI unit of inductance.

October 16th, 2013


A sheer mesh fabric traditionally made of silk.

November 11th, 2012

Fantasy Football Names

by Karen Jeynes

This article first appeared on Sportlinks.

The Internet is freaking awesome. I found a site which tells you what your name would be were you a Brazilian footballer. For today, you can call me Jeyninho da Costa. And because I’m a serious football journalist, I checked out what some of my favourite tweeps’ Brazilian football names would be: @Mvelasep would be Peppetteto, @thatmattmcd would be Mcdonino, @tomolefe would be Molefaldo. You can see the pattern emerging, but I do think we’d make a pretty damn formidable team.

This got me thinking though: what would the best real footballer’s names be? And luckily, the Internet delivered. I quickly discarded players such as Dropsy, Diver, Jelleyman, Kuntz and Deadman, for obvious reasons. There were some moments of hesitation but in the end, ladies and gentlemen, I give you MY fantasy football team:

October 5th, 2012


A maker of horse harnesses.

March 12th, 2012


A pack of phantom hounds.

February 20th, 2012

The names they are a-changin’

It’s become commonplace for place names to change, often for political reasons. There’s a new plethora of Freedom Squares wherever regimes are overthrown. But while some, like the famous Istanbul/Constantinople name change, have inspired songs, the potential name change of a small pond in a small town in New Hampshire – currently called “Jew Pond” – is going to be put to a public vote.

Perhaps there’s very little to do there?

January 30th, 2012


The longest place name in the world, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenaukitanatahu is a hill in New Zealand. The name means “The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knee who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as Traveller, played on his flute to his loved one.”

January 28th, 2012


One in every 44 people in the world has Chang as one of their names.

January 13th, 2012

Blue Ivy Carter

There are several conspiracy theories surrounding the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby girl – with some malignant type branding the baby satan – but we reckon that anyone who makes the Billboard charts at 5 days old probably doesn’t give a damn about the haters.