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** A running gag in the ''XY'' series of ''Anime/Pokémon'' is that Clemont, Ash's BunglingInventor friend, can only give his inventions names that amount to ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. His younger sister Bonnie gives him no end of grief, but [[HypocriticalHumour ironically]]] isn't that much better. She calls her newly-found Pokémmon "Squishy" because of its squishy body and calls Greninja's SuperMode Ash-Greninja because it resembles Ash.
29th Jun '16 11:17:11 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Due to problems of politics, Canada's Progressive Conservative Party once split into multiple parties, one of which called itself the Reform Party. Later, in a bid to "unite the right", the Reform Party merged with a number of other splinters (but not the main PC Party) [[FunWithAcronyms Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance Party]]. This name was given on a Saturday by Reform leader [[BunnyEarsLawyer Stockwell Day]], and actually officially lasted until the following Monday before being changed to the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance (usually just called the Canadian Alliance). The party merged with the Progressive Conservatives to form a new Conservative Party of Canada three years later.
** In all fairness to Stockwell Day [[note]]Aaaaand I never thought I'd say ''that''...[[/note]], the official name of the Party was just "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Alliance Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance]]" (CCRA). Adding "Party" to the end would be as redundant as adding "of Canada", since a political "Alliance" is just another word for "Party", just like "Bloc". The "CCRAP" joke is due to a humorous comment by Rick Mercer lampshading that "adding a 'P' would make all the difference". People got a good laugh, and the Alliance's misnomer became something of an urban legend/meme in later years, being quoted as fact even in sources that should have known better.
--->'''Quoth Wikipedia:''' "Media covering the convention quickly pointed out that if one added the word "Party" to the end of the party's name, the resulting initials were "CCRAP" (humorously pronounced "see-crap" or just "crap") even though it, like the Bloc Québécois, didn't actually have the word ''party'' in its name. One day later, the party changed its official name to the '''Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance''', but was almost always called simply "the Canadian Alliance" or "the Alliance". However, the "CCRAP" nickname was still used by its opponents."
* Another Canadian example: The big hockey arena in Ottawa had its naming rights bought out by Scotiabank (sko-sha bank) in 2006. It became Scotiabank Place, a name that couldn't have taken more than 30 seconds to come up with and is quite reminiscent of BuffySpeak. (its current name is "Canadian Tire Centre")
** Similarly the much more interestingly named [=SkyDome=] of {{Toronto}} (so named because it was a domed stadium that opened up so visitors could see the sky) was re-named the Rogers Centre when it was bought by Rogers Communications in 2005.
** The "John Labatt Centre" (JLC) in London, Ontario was likewise renamed the "Budweiser Gardens". A bit of a variant in that while neither name is ''bad'', per say, they are both somewhat bland and fitting with the newer, boring names above.
* As recounted in the book ''Operation Mincemeat''[[note]]itself a rather morbid joke as said operation [[ItMakesSenseInContext involved using a Welsh tramp's corpse to fool the Nazis]][[/note]] by Ben [=MacIntyre=], despite directives from their leaders to avoid giving hinting or joking codenames to their operations and agents both sides in WorldWarTwo were guilty of this, but the Nazis particularly had a rather LiteralMinded habit of doing things like calling their sea-based plan to invade Britain Operation Sealion (the lion being the symbol of the British monarchy) calling Britain itself Golfplatz ("golf course") and the United States Samland (after Uncle Sam). Winston Churchill even sent out a memorandum specifically warning his officers against choosing names that would "enable some widow or mother to declare that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo'."
* Then there were the USSR, who gave [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Anthony Blunt, a British double agent]], the codename Tony, the only known example of a codename being the agent's real name (or nickname thereof). The aforementioned Ben [=MacIntyre=] in his book ''Double Cross'' calls this "either a clever double bluff or amazingly stupid."
* Two of the bloodiest battles of the war, from a British viewpoint, were named after British racecourses. This symbolised, to generals of a huntin', fishin', and horseracin' old-time cavalry mentality, the way our tanks were going to race forwards in a straightforward point-to-point steeplechase, sweeping Jerry before them. Neither Operation Epsom nor Operation Goodwood worked out as intended, as Jerry made the going ''extremely'' heavy and the British "horses" were handicapped by the Germans deploying superior [[PantheraAwesome big cats]]. [[note]]The battles may have succeeded in that German forces in Normandy were seriously worn down, but at the cost of ''thousands'' of British tanks[[/note]] The stewards' inquiry after the race was critical of the massive and reckless loss of men and [[TankGoodness mounts]].
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* Due to problems of politics, Canada's Progressive Conservative Party once split into multiple parties, one of which called itself the Reform Party. Later, in a bid to "unite the right", the Reform Party merged with a number of other splinters (but not the main PC Party) [[FunWithAcronyms Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance Party]]. This name was given on a Saturday by Reform leader [[BunnyEarsLawyer Stockwell Day]], and actually officially lasted until the following Monday before being changed to the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance (usually just called the Canadian Alliance). The party merged with the Progressive Conservatives to form a new Conservative Party of Canada three years later.
** In all fairness to Stockwell Day [[note]]Aaaaand I never thought I'd say ''that''...[[/note]], the official name of the Party was just "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Alliance Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance]]" (CCRA). Adding "Party" to the end would be as redundant as adding "of Canada", since a political "Alliance" is just another word for "Party", just like "Bloc". The "CCRAP" joke is due to a humorous comment by Rick Mercer lampshading that "adding a 'P' would make all the difference". People got a good laugh, and the Alliance's misnomer became something of an urban legend/meme in later years, being quoted as fact even in sources that should have known better.
--->'''Quoth Wikipedia:''' "Media covering the convention quickly pointed out that if one added the word "Party" to the end of the party's name, the resulting initials were "CCRAP" (humorously pronounced "see-crap" or just "crap") even though it, like the Bloc Québécois, didn't actually have the word ''party'' in its name. One day later, the party changed its official name to the '''Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance''', but was almost always called simply "the Canadian Alliance" or "the Alliance". However, the "CCRAP" nickname was still used by its opponents."
* Another Canadian example: The big hockey arena in Ottawa had its naming rights bought out by Scotiabank (sko-sha bank) in 2006. It became Scotiabank Place, a name that couldn't have taken more than 30 seconds to come up with and is quite reminiscent of BuffySpeak. (its current name is "Canadian Tire Centre")
** Similarly the much more interestingly named [=SkyDome=] of {{Toronto}} (so named because it was a domed stadium that opened up so visitors could see the sky) was re-named the Rogers Centre when it was bought by Rogers Communications in 2005.
** The "John Labatt Centre" (JLC) in London, Ontario was likewise renamed the "Budweiser Gardens". A bit of a variant in that while neither name is ''bad'', per say, they are both somewhat bland and fitting with the newer, boring names above.
* As recounted in the book ''Operation Mincemeat''[[note]]itself a rather morbid joke as said operation [[ItMakesSenseInContext involved using a Welsh tramp's corpse to fool the Nazis]][[/note]] by Ben [=MacIntyre=], despite directives from their leaders to avoid giving hinting or joking codenames to their operations and agents both sides in WorldWarTwo were guilty of this, but the Nazis particularly had a rather LiteralMinded habit of doing things like calling their sea-based plan to invade Britain Operation Sealion (the lion being the symbol of the British monarchy) calling Britain itself Golfplatz ("golf course") and the United States Samland (after Uncle Sam). Winston Churchill even sent out a memorandum specifically warning his officers against choosing names that would "enable some widow or mother to declare that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo'."
* Then there were the USSR, who gave [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Anthony Blunt, a British double agent]], the codename Tony, the only known example of a codename being the agent's real name (or nickname thereof). The aforementioned Ben [=MacIntyre=] in his book ''Double Cross'' calls this "either a clever double bluff or amazingly stupid."
* Two of the bloodiest battles of the war, from a British viewpoint, were named after British racecourses. This symbolised, to generals of a huntin', fishin', and horseracin' old-time cavalry mentality, the way our tanks were going to race forwards in a straightforward point-to-point steeplechase, sweeping Jerry before them. Neither Operation Epsom nor Operation Goodwood worked out as intended, as Jerry made the going ''extremely'' heavy and the British "horses" were handicapped by the Germans deploying superior [[PantheraAwesome big cats]]. [[note]]The battles may have succeeded in that German forces in Normandy were seriously worn down, but at the cost of ''thousands'' of British tanks[[/note]] The stewards' inquiry after the race was critical of the massive and reckless loss of men and [[TankGoodness mounts]].
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29th Jun '16 11:16:24 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Someone who can't think of good names for things ([[WhoNamesTheirKidDude or people if it's the character's kids]]). The names are [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness too long]], [[NonIndicativeName don't fit the thing(s)]], [[CaptainObvious utterly uncreative and merely state the painfully obvious about said thing(s)]], or are just plain weird.

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Someone who can't think of good names for things ([[WhoNamesTheirKidDude or people if it's the character's kids]]).things. The names are [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness too long]], [[NonIndicativeName don't fit the thing(s)]], [[CaptainObvious utterly uncreative and merely state the painfully obvious about said thing(s)]], or are just plain weird.
26th Jun '16 9:03:07 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Pantyhose Tarō had the misfortune of being named by [[DirtyOldMan Happōsai]] due to his village's tradition of letting the person who helps deliver the child name them, and Happōsai just happened to be nearby and (in a rare moment of altruism) decided to help his mother when she went into labor. He hates his name and seeks to defeat Happōsai so he can get a new one, since the old pervert refuses to change it otherwise. His suggestion on what to change his name to? "Awesome Tarō".

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Pantyhose Tarō had the misfortune of being named by [[DirtyOldMan Happōsai]] due to his village's tradition of letting the person who helps deliver the child name them, and Happōsai just happened to be nearby and (in ([[PetTheDog in a rare moment of altruism) altruism]]) decided to help his mother when she went into labor. He hates his name and seeks to defeat Happōsai so he can get a new one, since the old pervert refuses to change it otherwise. His suggestion on what to change his name to? "Awesome Tarō".
23rd Jun '16 9:45:46 PM BonerBender
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Grisaia no Kajitsu}}'', Michiru names her cat Nekonyaa. Literally Kittymeow. She realizes how lame it is.
26th May '16 7:04:42 PM Katsuhagi
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* Then there were the USSR, who during the UsefulNotes/TheColdWar gave Anthony Blunt, a British double agent, the codename Tony. The aforementioned Ben [=MacIntyre=] in his book ''Double Cross'' calls this "either a clever double bluff or amazingly stupid."

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* Then there were the USSR, who during the UsefulNotes/TheColdWar gave [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Anthony Blunt, a British double agent, agent]], the codename Tony.Tony, the only known example of a codename being the agent's real name (or nickname thereof). The aforementioned Ben [=MacIntyre=] in his book ''Double Cross'' calls this "either a clever double bluff or amazingly stupid."
26th May '16 7:03:03 PM Katsuhagi
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->'''Quoth Wikipedia:''' "Media covering the convention quickly pointed out that if one added the word "Party" to the end of the party's name, the resulting initials were "CCRAP" (humorously pronounced "see-crap" or just "crap") even though it, like the Bloc Québécois, didn't actually have the word ''party'' in its name. One day later, the party changed its official name to the '''Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance''', but was almost always called simply "the Canadian Alliance" or "the Alliance". However, the "CCRAP" nickname was still used by its opponents."

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->'''Quoth --->'''Quoth Wikipedia:''' "Media covering the convention quickly pointed out that if one added the word "Party" to the end of the party's name, the resulting initials were "CCRAP" (humorously pronounced "see-crap" or just "crap") even though it, like the Bloc Québécois, didn't actually have the word ''party'' in its name. One day later, the party changed its official name to the '''Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance''', but was almost always called simply "the Canadian Alliance" or "the Alliance". However, the "CCRAP" nickname was still used by its opponents."
26th May '16 7:02:44 PM Katsuhagi
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* As recounted in the book ''Operation Mincemeat''[[note]]itself a rather morbid joke as said operation [[ItMakesSenseInContext involved using a Welsh tramp's corpse to fool the Nazis]][[/note]] by Ben [=MacIntyre=], despite directives from their leaders to avoid giving hinting or joking codenames to their operations both sides in WorldWarTwo were guilty of this, but the Nazis particularly had a rather LiteralMinded habit of doing things like calling their sea-based plan to invade Britain Operation Sealion (the lion being the symbol of the British monarchy) calling Britain itself Golfplatz ("golf course") and the United States Samland (after Uncle Sam). Winston Churchill even sent out a memorandum specifically warning his officers against choosing names that would "enable some widow or mother to declare that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo'."

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* As recounted in the book ''Operation Mincemeat''[[note]]itself a rather morbid joke as said operation [[ItMakesSenseInContext involved using a Welsh tramp's corpse to fool the Nazis]][[/note]] by Ben [=MacIntyre=], despite directives from their leaders to avoid giving hinting or joking codenames to their operations and agents both sides in WorldWarTwo were guilty of this, but the Nazis particularly had a rather LiteralMinded habit of doing things like calling their sea-based plan to invade Britain Operation Sealion (the lion being the symbol of the British monarchy) calling Britain itself Golfplatz ("golf course") and the United States Samland (after Uncle Sam). Winston Churchill even sent out a memorandum specifically warning his officers against choosing names that would "enable some widow or mother to declare that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo'."
* Then there were the USSR, who during the UsefulNotes/TheColdWar gave Anthony Blunt, a British double agent, the codename Tony. The aforementioned Ben [=MacIntyre=] in his book ''Double Cross'' calls this "either a clever double bluff or amazingly stupid.
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26th May '16 6:58:37 PM Katsuhagi
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* As recounted in the book ''Operation Mincemeat''[[note]]itself a rather morbid joke as said operation [[ItMakesSenseInContext involved using a Welsh tramp's corpse to fool the Nazis]][[/note]] by Ben [=MacIntyre=], despite directives from their leaders to avoid giving hinting or joking codenames to their operations both sides in WorldWarTwo were guilty of this, but the Nazis particularly had a habit of doing things like calling their sea-based plan to invade Britain Operation Sealion (the lion being the symbol of the British monarchy) calling Britain itself Golfplatz ("golf course") and the United States Samland (after Uncle Sam). Winston Churchill even sent out a memorandum specifically warning his officers against choosing names that would "enable some widow or mother to declare that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo'."

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* As recounted in the book ''Operation Mincemeat''[[note]]itself a rather morbid joke as said operation [[ItMakesSenseInContext involved using a Welsh tramp's corpse to fool the Nazis]][[/note]] by Ben [=MacIntyre=], despite directives from their leaders to avoid giving hinting or joking codenames to their operations both sides in WorldWarTwo were guilty of this, but the Nazis particularly had a rather LiteralMinded habit of doing things like calling their sea-based plan to invade Britain Operation Sealion (the lion being the symbol of the British monarchy) calling Britain itself Golfplatz ("golf course") and the United States Samland (after Uncle Sam). Winston Churchill even sent out a memorandum specifically warning his officers against choosing names that would "enable some widow or mother to declare that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo'."
17th May '16 10:29:16 AM cryptologicalMystic
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* King Asgore Dreemurr from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. His name for the monster's original home in the Underground? [[ShapedLikeItself Home]]. And when they moved to a new location, he called that New Home. The town with all the snow? Snowdin. The area with all the lava? Hotland. The area with the waterfalls? Waterfall. [[spoiler: Even his son's name, Asriel, is a combination of his name and his wife's, Toriel.]]

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* King Asgore [[spoiler:Asgore]] Dreemurr from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. His name for the monster's original home in the Underground? [[ShapedLikeItself Home]]. And when they moved to a new location, he called that New Home. The town with all the snow? Snowdin. The area with all the lava? Hotland. The area with the waterfalls? Waterfall. [[spoiler: Even his son's name, Asriel, is a combination of his name and his wife's, Toriel.]]



** This even extends to his own [[UpToEleven freaking boss theme]], which is literally just 'ASGORE'.

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** This even extends to his own [[UpToEleven freaking boss theme]], which is literally just 'ASGORE'.'[[spoiler:ASGORE]]'.
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