August 26th, 2005

Illustmaker me

On naming, real and fictional

I've been entertaining myself at Baby's Named A Bad, Bad Thing. I've been there before. Most of it's valid, though the sitekeeper seems to have considerably less tolerance than I have for names that are a little bit out there, but not horribly so. I mean, is "Orion" really so terribly wrong that it belongs on the same list as "Mykynzy" (pronounced "Mackenzie," but spelled to be much more interesting, you know) or Irelynd?

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Illustmaker me

More from names

Oookay. I've heard complaints about use of nicknames, and share them in the case of things like "Siri" and "Remi," but just because... ick. But story645 mentioned in the comments to my last post that people are objecting to this because it's "too American."

First, let me state that boys called "Siri" and "Remi" in the U.S. would have their lunch money stolen every day of their lives. Including adulthood. This is not an American phenomenon, let alone one that is "too American." I think it's just too "teenage girl," in which Sirius and Remus are made into honorary teenage girls. (I don't dislike teenage girls. But, well... let's face it on the name thing; we all go through our "cutesy" stage.)

But nicknames in general? Even before Narcissa Malfoy was canonically called "Cissy," it wasn't "un-British" (or, well, "too American") to use the nickname. I mean, let's have a look, shall we?

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Question meme

Meme from jetamors

The Rules
First, write down the names of 12 characters. Then read and answer the questions.
You can't look at the questions (or click on the cut) until you write down the 12 characters you're going to use. (I'm assuming this is multifandom.)

1. Nymphadora Tonks
2. Remus Lupin
3. Willow Rosenberg
4. Anakin Skywalker
5. Neville Longbottom
6. Al Calavicci
7. Beru Lars
8. Cordelia Chase
9. Harry Potter
10. Minerva McGonagall
11. Obi-Wan Kenobi
12. Wesley Windham-Pryce

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