The "What's a good name for this?" thread:

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1826 m8e2nd Dec 2012 12:17:13 PM from Sweden , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody

I will think about it but i don't really see the difference.

Graymatter interface Technonogies is also just the subsidiary that sell these devices on the civilian market. Other parts of the Mega Corp. does the R&D, makes the military versions etc. This company will only be used for the backstory and as a red herring.

To use a gun analogy: It's like finding a revolver next to a dead body and their first clue is that Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson have something to do with it.tongue
1827 PsychoFreaX3rd Dec 2012 05:55:59 AM from Transcended Humanity
What's a good name for a poison that causes what seems like spontaneous combustion(minus the spontaneous)?

edited 3rd Dec '12 2:35:46 PM by PsychoFreaX

1828 SeptimusHeap3rd Dec 2012 06:06:51 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Pyrosomine? (Fire + body)
[up][up] What kind of name are you looking for? Are you looking for a scientific/chemical sounding name (e.g. cyanide) or something more poetic (e.g. deadly nightshade)?
1830 Bisected83rd Dec 2012 08:55:23 AM from Her Hackette Cave , Relationship Status: In another castle
Maximum sadness

Who developed/uses it? That might help.
1831 PsychoFreaX3rd Dec 2012 02:01:47 PM from Transcended Humanity
[up][up] Preferably scientific/chemical one.

[up] The criminal underground developed it. But yeah Thermotoxin sounds cool.
[up] In that case, what about mashing up Bisected and Septimus' suggestions together for 'Pyrotoxin'?

1833 SeptimusHeap3rd Dec 2012 02:19:38 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
I somehow doubt that "toxin" would be in the name of something developed by the criminal underground - you want to be stealthy after all.
1834 kassyopeia3rd Dec 2012 02:35:24 PM from terrae nullius

[up] I agree. If the criminals were the ones who came up with the name, it should be something that sounds innocuous ordinarily but ominous in the right context - "lighter fluid", say.

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1835 PsychoFreaX4th Dec 2012 03:32:21 AM from Transcended Humanity
Right, touche Septimus. Though honestly, I really don't know about "Lighter Fluid" as the name.
1836 ArsThaumaturgis4th Dec 2012 07:28:44 AM , Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Perhaps "bodywarmer", then?
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1837 MorwenEdhelwen4th Dec 2012 04:49:59 PM from Sydney, Australia
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Are there any problems with a politician being nicknamed "The Woman With The Whip?"

If there are, what are some alternative nicknames which would suggest her ruthlessness and duplicity?
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1838 ArsThaumaturgis4th Dec 2012 05:17:03 PM , Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Well, at the least (dependant, perhaps, on the specifics of your characters and setting) I would expect some ribald jokes, given that "woman with whip" is, I believe, close to shorthand for "dominatrix".

Whether this is a problem I leave to your decision. ;)

On the other hand, I don't think that I really take "duplicity" from "the Woman with the Whip" - to me that connotes open ruthlessness and a sense of driving one's subordinates rather hard.

As to alternatives, the following come to mind: It perhaps comes with its own issues, but you might have "the Hyena" "Ms. Knife-in-your-back" "Ms. Backstab" "Janus with a Knife"
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[up][up] It would almost certainly be perceived as insulting. Though, I suppose that often is the entire point of giving a politician a nickname.

Alternatively, there's the classic 'Iron Lady', which first took off with Margaret Thatcher but has since been co-opted for all powerful women operating in otherwise male-dominated industries.

Another option would be to go with a poisonous flower motif such as 'Belladonna' since such flowers are often beautiful yet dangerous.

Overall, the cleverest thing for you to do is to try incorporating part of the character's back story into the nickname. For instance, if she or her family was involved in construction, using the word 'stone' as part of the nickname would be especially fitting.

Hope that helps.

P.S.: Just had a thought... what are your thoughts about the 'Duchess of Masks'?

edited 4th Dec '12 5:22:01 PM by peasant

1840 MorwenEdhelwen4th Dec 2012 05:29:23 PM from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
[up] [up] I intended it to be a reference to Mary Main's biography of Evita Duarte de Perón, which portrayed her as a ruthless, social-climbing, promiscuous duplicitous hypocrite. The character is basically Cuban!Evita (as portrayed in the ALW stage version, which took some of its inspiration from that book) but with her fanaticism and dedication portrayed more sympathetically and as more of a complex character.

"Belladonna" and "Duchess of Masks" sound great too.

edited 4th Dec '12 5:33:04 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

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1841 Rapier4th Dec 2012 07:28:21 PM from where my mind is. , Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
I've been trying to give one of my characters a good name, but I can't think about anything. Something associated with light and origin/projection through Light Magic (his elemental affinity and his powers, respectively), maybe. No, he isn't a Deity/God/Demi-God. I just nicknamed him "Lighty" for now, but he needs a better and definitive name.

Any name suggestions, please? I'm terrible with naming anything.
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[up] Try this page. It's a list of names which are associated with/have the meaning of light.

edited 4th Dec '12 8:06:13 PM by Nocturna

1843 LoniJay5th Dec 2012 01:27:10 AM from Australia , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
The one that leaps to my mind is 'Lucius' or 'Lucian'.
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[up][up]: Or, for something a *little* more poetic (and not as beaten into the ground) than just leaving it at "light", why not these:

Baldur: "He who spreads the light." (Also, "brave".)

Jair, Jairo, Jairus, Yair, or Yaer: All mean "He will light up".

Kiran: "Ray of light".

Lieufer: "Light; splendor".

Nahor: "Light; lamp".

Ner: "Burning light".
Hi, I could use a little help coming up with some good insults that this race of fish people I have can throw at one another. I already have pretty much thought of their one equivalent to the extremely forbidden words used by humans (ex. Dutch's "kanker," "cunt," etc.), but I would love some good ideas of lesser swears/insults. One I'm looking for in particular is a good "fish-person" equivalent to "chav."
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Well, the one that immediately comes to mind is "Gilligan", but that just sounds a bit silly, as no-one is going to take a racial slur seriously if it's in a TV-series' name. But perhaps that could be used as a very mild slur, or kind of a N-Word Privileges thing.

But for a more serious one, maybe "Fifu" or "Fifo", meaning, in more eloquent terms, "one who is intimate with fish". It's derived from "mofo", by the way.

edited 6th Dec '12 7:15:01 PM by TwentyTwoSevenths

What's a good surname/last name to follow 'Katherine'?

I'm using it for a rich, blonde Alpha Bitch. The last name needs to sound classy/aristocratic but at the same time feminine when used on its own as my protagonist will be on Last-Name Basis with her. Ideally, a French or British last name would work best for my setting though I reckon I can make any nationality work and her appearance can easily be changed to better suit it.

At the moment, I'm considering either Katherine de Chartreux (giving her a cat motif) or Katherine St Clair. However, neither of them have 'clicked' with the character and so I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks ahead.

edited 7th Dec '12 4:50:22 PM by peasant

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So, I'm trying to come up with a name for this subspecies of humans of sorts whose main function in life is to attract all the bad lack, agony, pain, misfortune, etcetera from the main guys by channeling it all towards themselves. Now, since I don't really want them to be what I call a "Lemming Species", or a species whose purpose is to have lots of babies and die. So they would also be, more or less, invincible in the sense that Wile E. Coyote or Tom is invincible. Yes, immortal, but still very, very, very much injurable.

But anyway, the main name I thought of was Schadenfreud (shah-DEN-froid), for obvious reasons. But it just sounds a bit... I don't know, it just doesn't sound right. Any suggestions?
1849 ArsThaumaturgis8th Dec 2012 05:01:51 AM , Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Two thoughts that come to mind are "Plastics" (since they may be bent and racked quite extensively, but return to their former state) or "Dreamcatchers" (since they draw ill effects to themselves).

For a slightly less serious name, you might have "Doom Magnets".
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I've been thinking about sin eaters lately, their function was similar - to absorb sin from the dying or dead so that they could go to heaven unburdened. Perhaps you could take something from that, like Eaters maybe. Not very catchy though.

There's also the similar Greek and Judaic practice of 'scapegoating' or casting someone out as a symbolic bearer of misfortune, and that has some neat associated terminology like Pharmakos and azazel.

edited 8th Dec '12 8:39:32 AM by Kesteven

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