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19th Jun '17 1:30:06 AM AgProv
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** In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/28/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business a different fic]], Vetinari has to reassign a diplomat sent to [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Far Überwald]] with the unfortunate name of Mr Goughnow. He discovers there is also a Mr [[Precision F-Strike Fafunckelloe]] in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr [[Precision F-Strike Footsack]] in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]]. The unfortunately named diplomats are recalled and re-assigned to other countries, and the part of the Palace Secretariat dealing with diplomatic postings receives a stern note and a helpful dictionary of international profanity to guide their thought processes.

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** In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/28/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business a different fic]], Vetinari has to reassign a diplomat sent to [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Far Überwald]] with the unfortunate name of Mr Goughnow. He discovers there is also a Mr [[Precision F-Strike [[PrecisionFStrike Fafunckelloe]] in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr [[Precision F-Strike [[PrecisionFStrike Footsack]] in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]]. The unfortunately named diplomats are recalled and re-assigned to other countries, and the part of the Palace Secretariat dealing with diplomatic postings receives a stern note and a helpful dictionary of international profanity to guide their thought processes.
19th Jun '17 1:29:06 AM AgProv
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** In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/28/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business a different fic]], Vetinari has to reassign a diplomat sent to [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Far Überwald]] with the unfortunate name of Mr Goughnow. He discovers there is also a Mr Fafunckelloe in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr Footsack in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]]. The unfortunately named diplomats are recalled and re-assigned to other countries, and the part of the Palace Secretariat dealing with diplomatic postings receives a stern note and a helpful dictionary of international profanity to guide their thought processes.

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** In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/28/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business a different fic]], Vetinari has to reassign a diplomat sent to [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Far Überwald]] with the unfortunate name of Mr Goughnow. He discovers there is also a Mr Fafunckelloe [[Precision F-Strike Fafunckelloe]] in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr Footsack [[Precision F-Strike Footsack]] in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]]. The unfortunately named diplomats are recalled and re-assigned to other countries, and the part of the Palace Secretariat dealing with diplomatic postings receives a stern note and a helpful dictionary of international profanity to guide their thought processes.
24th May '17 11:14:41 PM NanoMoose
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* ''Homo Erectus'' (Upright Man), is an early species of Human notable for it's straight (erect) posture. These days, say the words ''Homo Erectus'' to someone and they'll be thinking of [[SomethingElseAlsoRises another form of erect altogether]].

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* ''Homo Erectus'' (Upright Man), is an early species of Human notable for it's its straight (erect) posture. These days, say the words ''Homo Erectus'' to someone and they'll be thinking of [[SomethingElseAlsoRises another form of erect altogether]].
20th May '17 11:46:08 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** May be OlderThanFeudalism, actually, since in Dante's ''Inferno'' he is shown to be one of several giants guarding the pit of Hell. He can only utter meaningless gibberish, and Virgil taunts him as being stupid.

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** May be OlderThanFeudalism, OlderThanPrint, actually, since in Dante's ''Inferno'' ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' he is shown to be one of several giants guarding the pit of Hell. He can only utter meaningless gibberish, and Virgil taunts him as being stupid.
18th May '17 4:50:43 PM SomberCaelifera
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_blackbird (Eurasian) Blackbird]] (to Americans: not to be confused with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_blackbird American Blackbirds]], which aren't related to the thrush family but rather to the crow family) is a bird that is not only the most ubiquitous one of many European countries, but also, when humans are voting for "best singing bird" it is almost always unanimously voted as "best singer" ([[http://vroegevogels.vara.nl/pagina/vogel-top-100 this is a Dutch example]]). Its Latin name is ''Turdus'' merula, and considering the unfortunate implications the word "turd" has in English, that's very unfortunate in English. And then there's the cousin of this bird, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_thrush Trush]] - which is itself also always highly regarded in song-bird rankings, but, yeah, in English its name ''is'' equivalent with "vaginal yeast infection"...

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_blackbird (Eurasian) Blackbird]] (to Americans: not to be confused with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_blackbird American Blackbirds]], which aren't related to the thrush family but rather to the crow family) is a bird that is not only the most ubiquitous one of many European countries, but also, when humans are voting for "best singing bird" it is almost always unanimously voted as "best singer" ([[http://vroegevogels.vara.nl/pagina/vogel-top-100 this is a Dutch example]]). Its Latin name is ''Turdus'' merula, and considering the unfortunate implications the word "turd" has in English, that's very unfortunate in English. And then there's the cousin of this bird, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_thrush Trush]] Thrush]] - which is itself also always highly regarded in song-bird rankings, but, yeah, in English its name ''is'' equivalent with "vaginal yeast infection"...
7th May '17 11:17:17 AM Crino37
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* HaveAGayOldTime -- Linguistic drift can hit names quicker than some folks would like. If a name later gets adopted for a sexual term, those who had the name before the drift run afoul of this (those named after, however, run into one of the above issues instead). Examples include Dick, Fanny, Nimrod and Gaylord.

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* HaveAGayOldTime -- Linguistic drift can hit names quicker than some folks would like. If a name later gets adopted for a sexual or offensive term, those who had the name before the drift run afoul of this (those named after, however, run into one of the above issues instead). Examples include Dick, Fanny, Nimrod and Gaylord.
7th May '17 11:16:13 AM Crino37
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* HaveAGayOldTime -- Linguistic drift can hit names quicker than some folks would like. If a name later gets adopted for a sexual term, those who had the name before the drift run afoul of this (those named after, however, run into one of the above issues instead). Examples include Dick, Fanny and Gaylord.

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* HaveAGayOldTime -- Linguistic drift can hit names quicker than some folks would like. If a name later gets adopted for a sexual term, those who had the name before the drift run afoul of this (those named after, however, run into one of the above issues instead). Examples include Dick, Fanny Fanny, Nimrod and Gaylord.
22nd Apr '17 1:21:10 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The eponymous car from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. Seriously, who in their right mind decided to come up with a name that sounds like something far more appropriate as a [[DoubleEntendre sexual innuendo slang]]? And this movie is considered to be a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/MaryPoppins'', another children's musical film.

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* The eponymous car from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. Seriously, who in their right mind decided to come up with a name that sounds like something far more appropriate as a [[DoubleEntendre sexual innuendo slang]]? And this Creator/IanFleming, that's who -- he actually wrote the novel that the movie was based on, and he's the guy who gave us names like [[Literature/{{Goldfinger}} Pussy Galore]]. Also of note is considered that Creator/RoaldDahl (Fleming's spy buddy from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) wrote the screenplay to be a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/MaryPoppins'', another children's musical film.this movie, and Dahl is also known for punny names and dirty jokes.



* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", you might have turned to villainy, too.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", Coward," you might have turned to villainy, too.



** [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.

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** [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine.]] Palpatine]]. A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.



*** Kit Fisto, appearing most significantly in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', but also in the live-action entries of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (though never really speaking in them). Because of that, casual fans are probably only really know of his name because this trope - and the unfortunate part of his name is obvious, the fisting jokes just write themselves after seeing it.

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*** ** Kit Fisto, appearing most significantly in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', but also in the live-action entries of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (though never really speaking in them). Because of that, casual fans are probably only really know of his name because this trope - and the unfortunate part of his name is obvious, the fisting jokes just write themselves after seeing it.



* TheBible

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* TheBibleLiterature/TheBible
8th Apr '17 1:20:16 AM TroperBeDoper
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_tit The Great Tit,]] subject of more puns on its name than their are stars in the sky.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_tit The Great Tit,]] subject of more puns on its name than their there are stars in the sky.
8th Apr '17 1:20:00 AM TroperBeDoper
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_tit The Great Tit,]] subject of more puns on its name than their are stars in the sky.
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