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15th Apr '18 10:00:25 AM snichols1973
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* English-born [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Dors Diana Dors]], Richard Dawson's first wife from 1959-1966, was born Diana Mary Fluck. She changed her contractual surname to her grandmother's maiden name, because if her real surname was in lights and the "L" went out...
** And to make matters worse, she had starred in quite a number of sexual comedy films and risqué modeling jobs.
6th Apr '18 6:48:56 AM erforce
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* ''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'': ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward," you might have turned to villainy, too.
24th Mar '18 5:58:24 PM CH4S
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embriaco_family Embriaco noble family]], originally from Genoa, was active in Italian and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_states Crusader state]] politics in the 11th-13th centuries. It was named after its founder [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guglielmo_Embriaco Guglielmo Embriaco]], whose name was derived from the Latin for "William [[TheAlcoholic the Drunkard]]". In other words, the Embriaco family is the "drunkard dynasty".



* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embriaco_family Embriaco noble family]], originally from Genoa, was active in Italian and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_states Crusader state]] politics in the 11th-13th centuries. It was named after its founder [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guglielmo_Embriaco Guglielmo Embriaco]], whose name was derived from the Latin for "William [[TheAlcoholic the Drunkard]]". In other words, the Embriaco family is the "drunkard dynasty".

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embriaco_family Embriaco noble family]], originally from Genoa, was active in Italian and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_states Crusader state]] politics in the 11th-13th centuries. It was named after its founder [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guglielmo_Embriaco Guglielmo Embriaco]], whose name was derived from the Latin for "William [[TheAlcoholic the Drunkard]]". In other words, the Embriaco family is the "drunkard dynasty".
24th Mar '18 5:57:27 PM CH4S
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embriaco_family Embriaco noble family]], originally from Genoa, was active in Italian and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_states Crusader state]] politics in the 11th-13th centuries. It was named after its founder [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guglielmo_Embriaco Guglielmo Embriaco]], whose name was derived from the Latin for "William [[TheAlcoholic the Drunkard]]". In other words, the Embriaco family is the "drunkard dynasty".
12th Mar '18 7:28:27 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].

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* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory [[Theatre/WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].
5th Mar '18 3:22:06 AM IzaiahSalter
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* Similarly, Isis is a feminine given name derived from the Egyptian goddess of the same name. The unfortunate aspect comes in at around 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria was becoming something of a household name. Since then, the name has severely decline in popularity.

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* Similarly, Isis is a feminine given name derived from the Egyptian goddess of the same name.fertility, motherhood and magic. The unfortunate aspect comes in at around 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria was becoming something of a household name. Since then, the name has severely decline declined in popularity.popularity in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
** [[FromBadToWorse To make matters worse]], people have been teased and even bullied over the name.
5th Mar '18 3:15:01 AM IzaiahSalter
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* Similarly, Isis is a feminine given name derived from the Egyptian goddess of the same name. The unfortunate aspect comes in at around 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria was becoming something of a household name. Since then, the name has severely decline in popularity.
15th Feb '18 10:55:10 AM bydlo
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** Ishbosheth's name means 'from the mouth of shame'. A very early translator had changed it from Ishbaal ('from the mouth of God') due to concern about Baal worship (even though the word 'Baal' literally means 'god').

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** Ishbosheth's name means 'from the mouth of shame'. A very early translator had changed it from Ishbaal ('from the mouth of God') due to concern about Baal worship (even though the word 'Baal' literally means 'god').worship.
8th Feb '18 12:05:50 PM Nire
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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 Thrush]] - 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, ''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 Thrush]] - which is itself also always highly regarded in song-bird rankings, but, yeah, in English its name ''is'' equivalent with "vaginal yeast infection"...
12th Jan '18 3:47:51 PM 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 [[PrecisionFStrike Fafunckelloe]] in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr [[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.

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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.[[ExcrementStatement Goughnow]]. He discovers there is also a Mr [[PrecisionFStrike Fafunckelloe]] in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr [[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.
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