Mark: My Words

Name Consultant and Freelance Namer Mark Gunnion on Names

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SMITE-Y CHEESY
KRAFT has a funny, interesting series of ads trying to lend a little, er, romance to what is a pretty dry line: packaged stove-top dinners - which they’ve named “Cheesy Skillets”. There are lots of print ads in the campaign, but one bit of copy in a magazine ad in the series seemed a bit odd to me.
In the words of Inigo from “The Princess Bride” - ‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’ Now, I learn new word meanings every day, so I was open to the idea that maybe there was a definition of smite I wasn’t familiar with.  Here’s what I found:Strike or hit hard, as with a hand, stick, or weaponTo strike down, slay, injure.To afflict with a deadly or disastrous effect, to punishAttack or affect severely. Archaic: defeat or conquer. The only charming or attractive meaning is when it’s used ironically to describe the effects of Cupid’s arrow: Charlie Brown was smitten by the red-haired girl. This tagline gives me a mental image of a crazed berserker, clubbing a nice, cheesy casserole senseless on the kitchen floor.

SMITE-Y CHEESY

KRAFT has a funny, interesting series of ads trying to lend a little, er, romance to what is a pretty dry line: packaged stove-top dinners - which they’ve named “Cheesy Skillets”. There are lots of print ads in the campaign, but one bit of copy in a magazine ad in the series seemed a bit odd to me.


In the words of Inigo from “The Princess Bride” - ‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’

Now, I learn new word meanings every day, so I was open to the idea that maybe there was a definition of smite I wasn’t familiar with.  Here’s what I found:

Strike or hit hard, as with a hand, stick, or weapon
To strike down, slay, injure.
To afflict with a deadly or disastrous effect, to punish
Attack or affect severely.
Archaic: defeat or conquer.

The only charming or attractive meaning is when it’s used ironically to describe the effects of Cupid’s arrow: Charlie Brown was smitten by the red-haired girl.

This tagline gives me a mental image of a crazed berserker, clubbing a nice, cheesy casserole senseless on the kitchen floor.


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Speaking of band names, here’s some of the incredible names and logos of some Northern California “extreme metal” bands.  Yes, all the ones in the top picture are words, too. 

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A Tribute to Tribute Bands’ Band Names

Sure, it’s fun to discuss the origins and meanings of Band Names.  Just look at Minus the Bear! But to get *really* meta, consider the names of some tribute bands.  A tribute band is a group of musicians that decides to crack the nut of show business by giving a performance that is supposed to be a re-creation of another, more famous band.  The idea is not to deceive, but rather, to re-create an experience for the biggest fans, who can never get enough.  The circuit was pioneered by tributes to KISS, whose extreme visual stylings and full-face make-up (and easy-to-learn music!), combined with the most rabid fans on the planet,  made them a natural for visual and sonic re-creation.  I may do a whole post just about KISS tribute names, which are a genre unto themselves.  In the non-KISS caregory, here’s some of my favorites:

Petty Theft - a tribute to - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Stung  -  a tribute to The Police and Sting

AC/Dshe  -  all-female tribute to AC/DC :

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Dressed To Kill - a tribute to - KISS

Clone Temple Pilots - a tribute to - Stone Temple PIlots

Crush - a tribute to - Rush

Bjorn Again  -  a tribute to ABBA

Man in the Mirror - a tribute to - Michael Jackson

Duran - a tribute to - Duran Duran

Night Moves - a tribute to - Bob Seger

Nearvana  -  a trubute to -  Nirvana

Stanley Dee - a tribute to - Steely Dan

Double VIsion - a tribute to - Foreigner

Cruella - an all-female tribute to - Motley Crue

Joy Revision - a tribute to - Joy Division

The Song Remains the Same - a tribute to - Led Zeppelin

TREZZ Hombres - a tribute to - ZZ Top

aRe wE theM  -  a tribute to  -  REM

The Nowhere Men - a tribute to - The Beatles

The Nguyens - a tribute to - The Smiths

Badness - a tribute to - Madness

AfterFAB - a tribute to - the Beatles SOLO works, 1970 on


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Let’s look at some names of our favorite vehicles from science fiction.
Of course, the first one many of us would think of would be one of several versions of the 19th-century-sounding Enterprise from the Star Trek universe. 
The version pictured above is from the prequel series by that name with Scott Bakula - “Enterprise”.

Check out this great report on building a model of the Voyager, from the animated spin-off from the film “Fantastic Voyage”http://polyvinylman.blogspot.com/2008/06/then-voyager.html

If you’d like to suggest one, please comment!

Let’s look at some names of our favorite vehicles from science fiction.

Of course, the first one many of us would think of would be one of several versions of the 19th-century-sounding Enterprise from the Star Trek universe. 

The version pictured above is from the prequel series by that name with Scott Bakula - “Enterprise”.

Check out this great report on building a model of the Voyager, from the animated spin-off from the film “Fantastic Voyage”

http://polyvinylman.blogspot.com/2008/06/then-voyager.html






If you’d like to suggest one, please comment!

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The starlings have been gathering and doing their aerial art this week in the Alexander Valley where I live.  I’m not sure where these were taken.  It’s just about the most awesome thing I’ve seen in nature. 

kiransingh:

Murmuration…

(Source: steroge)