Naming posts September 7, 2013 12:41 AM   Subscribe

I like them - except a lot of the time people don't come back and tell you what they called the kitty, the puppy, the kid, the llama. Maybe because they didn't use any of the suggestions. I still want to know! What did you name them? TELL ME!
posted by b33j to MetaFilter-Related at 12:41 AM (119 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Gengulphus and Pantygrace
posted by pipeski at 1:13 AM on September 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


What interests me is why naming posts are not obvious chatfilter.
posted by Nomyte at 1:45 AM on September 7, 2013 [8 favorites]


They solve a specific problem?
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:19 AM on September 7, 2013 [10 favorites]


Slightly more on-topic, although not all the way there... I named them exactly as Elliott suggested.
posted by pipeski at 2:31 AM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


I always think dogs should be named after boxers or members of Sha Na Na and cats should be named cat because they don't give a fuuuuuuuuccck.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:39 AM on September 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


Maybe someone should name their cat Honey Badger?
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:43 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]




What interests me is why naming posts are not obvious chatfilter.

1. There is a problem to be solved.
2. There is only one correct answer.

That meets the requirements for not being chatfilter way more that most other kinds of posts in fact!
posted by cairdeas at 3:14 AM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


Maybe everyone should frame these questions like "I'm writing a novel with a cat/dog/kid/llama and I'm having trouble coming up with their name. Can you help me? [more inside]"
posted by Mizu at 3:26 AM on September 7, 2013


I agree! Also business names. And what song did you pick in the end for your journey/project/wedding dance? It's like waiting on the next series of your favourite show, only they cancel it and you never find out what happened to everyone.

(Sorry. Slipped into pining for Deadwood.)
posted by billiebee at 3:50 AM on September 7, 2013 [7 favorites]


I was so pissed when they canceled Deadwood.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:03 AM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


And what song did you pick in the end for your journey/project/wedding dance?

What the hell's that shit all about anyway? If you're dumb enough to get married, you should be strictly limited to a turgid version of Mendellsohn's Wedding March, played on a large pipe organ while you slowly walk to the altar.

If I ever see anyone doing the dance from Thriller or Single Ladies or any such nonsense at any wedding I have the misfortune to attend, the wedding presents are going straight back to the Pound Shop.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:23 AM on September 7, 2013 [5 favorites]


It is for you that RSVP cards with "regretfully cannot attend" as an option are made.
posted by Mizu at 4:36 AM on September 7, 2013 [21 favorites]


Bob.
posted by grouse at 4:37 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Suggested names for cats from previous MetaTalk.
posted by Wordshore at 4:45 AM on September 7, 2013


Kung and Pao
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:25 AM on September 7, 2013


That would be really mean if you were naming your chickens.
posted by taz (staff) at 6:01 AM on September 7, 2013 [39 favorites]


That would be really mean if you were naming your chickens.

Tell it to the millions of US high school anatomy students that named the fetal pig they were dissecting Wilbur.
posted by bfranklin at 6:44 AM on September 7, 2013


Twerky
posted by planetesimal at 6:51 AM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Dogs shod be named after grandparents or houses and cats named for verbs and or adverbs
posted by The Whelk at 7:16 AM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


I keep trying to convince Mr. Pterodactyl that if we have boy and girl twins we should name them Edmund Fitzgerald Pterodactyl and Andrea Doria Pterodactyl so we could have a nice theme for our family. Then we could name the dog PT-109 Bulgaroktonos-Pterodactyl* and everything would be wonderful. He does not seem to agree.

*In regular life I kept my last name; for whatever reason, I have decided that the kids will have his last name and our pets will have a hyphenated last name.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:21 AM on September 7, 2013 [5 favorites]


Dogs shod be named after grandparents or houses and cats named for verbs and or adverbs

Unless I am allowed my theme family, I plan to name all my dogs after former presidents or first ladies. Ideally we will begin with a corgi named Chester A. Arthur Bulgaroktonos-Pterodactyl but I am open to many options. Martha Washington Bulgaroktons-Pterodactyl, Franklin Roosevelt Bulgaroktonos-Pterodactyl, John Adams Bulgaroktonos-Pterodactyl -- I dream of meeting these wonderful doggies who will be my friends. Also, I like when dogs have people names.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:25 AM on September 7, 2013 [8 favorites]


Huh, most of the time i've seen that they do come back and tell us.

Unless I am allowed my theme family, I plan to name all my dogs after former presidents or first ladies.

I don't know why you've reminded me of this, and I have no idea why this has stuck in my mind, but I swear I read once that Steve Martin named one of his cats "Dr. Carlton B. Forbes". and no, I don't know why.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:36 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Friend had a dog named Mister Howard. When pressed, he said that was the dog's name, and to ask him his first name would be presumptuous and embarrassing after all these years. To be fair, it was very reserved and stoic doggie.
posted by The Whelk at 7:38 AM on September 7, 2013 [20 favorites]


I never posted any naming help questions, but of the vaguely similar ones I asked:

We picked the Oresteia, and specifically the Eumenides, as the theme for our bellydance show.

The improv scenarios we decided on for the auditions were:

- You’re in jail. This board has convened to decide whether to release you early or keep you in prison for your full life sentence. Why should we let you out?
- Explain to your daughter why her fiancé(e) is completely unsuitable.
- Your lover is suspected of being a murderer. Wear this microphone under your shirt and see if you can get her to confess.
- You're a mid-level bureaucrat, and one of your staff has come to tell you that your boss is sexually harassing her.
- You're a factory foreman, and you have to tell your workers - some of whom you've worked with for twenty years - that the factory is closing and a big layoff is coming.
posted by kyrademon at 7:38 AM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I was not able to find a good source for gargoyles and still have none.

Neither did I find a good plant to grow in the space between my and my neighbor's house. But that problem appears to have solved itself as the place was sold and the new owner is tearing it down.

I told you about the okra.
posted by notyou at 7:46 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think if you don't come back to your post to tell us what you named kitty, baby, business, etc. it's automatic banhammer.
posted by Sassyfras at 8:22 AM on September 7, 2013


I'm torn between

MetaFilter: I was not able to find a good source for gargoyles and still have none.

and

MetaFilter: I told you about the okra.
posted by languagehat at 8:27 AM on September 7, 2013 [12 favorites]


I will never shoe my dogs.
posted by h00py at 8:36 AM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I will never shoe my dogs.

Agreed. I think it’s unnatural.
posted by bongo_x at 8:38 AM on September 7, 2013


I told you about the okra.

But we are still wondering about the orca....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:41 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


My friend had 2 cats, one male, one female, both black and white. He named them Boris and Natasha. I guess that made him Fearless Leader.
posted by Daddy-O at 9:45 AM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


A friend with two kitties named them Lursa and B'Etor. A different friend had a yellow Labrador named Plywood. No, I don't know why.
posted by workerant at 9:55 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sometime back I read where some guy from some band (I forget who) named his dog "Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad."
posted by scratch at 9:56 AM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


We named the cats Día and Noche. And they are awesome.
posted by 26.2 at 9:59 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


What interests me is why naming posts are not obvious chatfilter.

They basically are, but the community likes them and basically never agreed to flag them so they could be deleted. They also cause zero moderation problems, so... *shrug*.

My business card says "You now have everything you need to Google my entire life." And it gets laughs and is memorable, which was the whole idea. (It's also depressingly true.)
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:29 AM on September 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


Basil's little brother is Valentine. And he is as awesome as we presumed.
posted by deadcrow at 10:46 AM on September 7, 2013


If I ever get another dog it will be a yellow or chocolate female Lab (we've realized that veering into English bulldog territory was a tragic journey away from anything that remotely resembles a dog) and her name will be Roger the Shrubber.
posted by purenitrous at 10:58 AM on September 7, 2013


There's this silly thing that I've long had this internal conflict about — my cat's name is "Muncie", which I don't like and think is a pretty terrible name. You're wondering, what, did I take her on as an adult cat from a relative or a friend? No, I did not. I adopted her when she was about six months old from the Santa Fe Humane Society Shelter (which, by the way, is wonderful in that they have these spacious little rooms for the cats with things to climb on and such — no tiny steel cages). She'd already had the name "Muncie" and it just seemed somehow wrong for me to arbitrarily give her a new name. Except that it also seems like an irrational objection about something trivial, especially since I don't even like her name in the first place.

So I've had her six-and-a-half years and I've sort of wished that she'd not had that name. Or the volunteer at the shelter had said something like that was just a temporary name that they gave her, I should give her a "real" new name for her new family, or something like that.

Yeah, it's totally crazy. There's something wrong with some obscure part of my brain.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:21 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I won't be asking what to name our puppy because I've known his name ever since I saw his first baby photos: Achilles.

Ivan, I understand about Muncie. I adopted a Kudos and dubbed him Alexander (Sandy) Kudos so he could still keep his name in case he'd liked it.
posted by teremala at 11:29 AM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Our cat was named Toulouse at the shelter, and after several misfires (Menelaus, since he's a handsome ginger; the Baron von Kittenshitz because why not) it became clear that he is The Bubba.

I think dogs should be named for authors and poets, and I always imagined that my first dog would be named Archibald MacLeish. Lo and behold, we are bringing home a retired racing greyhound tomorrow, but she's just not an Archibald. I may have to AskMeFi if we can't get a name sorted.
posted by coppermoss at 11:44 AM on September 7, 2013


Ivan, it's not like your cat picked that name. People name their kids dumb things all the time. This is why the courts allow name changes - no one should be stuck with a name like Muncie.

Post an ask.me and we'll weigh in on new names. I'm pretty sure - and without photos this is hard - her name is Grazia or Zia for short. Maybe Graciella.
posted by 26.2 at 12:07 PM on September 7, 2013


I don't believe in giving animals ridiculous names. I call him Cosmic Creepers because that's the name he came with.

NB I am unofficially extending my Summer of Hedonism for another week by spending the afternoon getting drunk and watching Clue while my husband naps. Truly this is a world of wonders.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:15 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


My current cat is Millie. Future cats are slated to include Desi, Kilo, Pico, Yocto, and Zepto. I like Mega and Terra as names too, but it's hard to imagine a kitten named so large.
posted by maryr at 12:39 PM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I still believe that one of my proudest MeFi moments was helping to name Shackleton. Then again I just kept saying words and phrases to see what my rescued baby girl vizsla pup would respond to, and she chose Dirtbike, so it's a mixed bag ;)
posted by Bohemia Mountain at 1:52 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pets should be named after aging rock stars. We had rabbits named Iggy Pop (m) and Peter Gabriel (f), and came so close to getting a corn snake we were going to call Billy Idol. Our next pet, whatever it is, will be Debbie Harry.
posted by arcticwoman at 2:00 PM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:02 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


False.
posted by b33j at 2:05 PM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think maybe we had this MeTa before, but we named my first born Ravi with help from the hive. Here he is today.

His name is Sanskrit for "sun" so naturally his baby brother is named Sashi, Sanskrit for "moon." So I guess, indirectly, Mefi named both my kids.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 2:21 PM on September 7, 2013 [10 favorites]


I have updated my naming post. Consider you request fulfilled.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:47 PM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Kay.
posted by yoink at 2:59 PM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Cuzco.
posted by The Whelk at 3:04 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ob.
posted by unliteral at 3:54 PM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Some people I know have a small family farm where all the chickens are named Bob except for the injured ones.

I don't think they specifically set out to have that be the naming scheme. Originally it was just all the chickens were named Bob no matter what, because dude, chickens, basically interchangeable. But I guess once you've got nine healthy chickens and one gimpy one they stop being interchangeable. Anyway, now the rule seems to be that chickens get a name other than Bob if they're having some sort of health problem, and return to Bobhood if they recover.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 4:10 PM on September 7, 2013 [16 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?
Dalai
posted by nightwood at 4:11 PM on September 7, 2013 [10 favorites]


Yeah, it's totally crazy. There's something wrong with some obscure part of my brain.

Yeah, Muncie is not a bad name for a cat at all.
posted by kenko at 4:28 PM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had a scheme to name all my pets after food. I got as far as Shabu Shabu with my cat before my wife put a stop to it.
posted by slogger at 5:06 PM on September 7, 2013


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

You Spitting, Biting Bastard.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:14 PM on September 7, 2013 [11 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Lorenzo.
posted by Aznable at 6:09 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ugh. I hate naming posts. I know that makes me a bad person, but still.
posted by Justinian at 7:23 PM on September 7, 2013


The best name I've ever heard for a cat is Cat Stevens.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:55 PM on September 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


I called my honey badger "cat" because he don't give a shit anyways
posted by Namlit at 8:08 PM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've been so tempted to suggest "Cdre. Humperdinck J. Bigglesworth III" for every single pet in every thread to point out the absurdity of the question. But I have refrained.

But you should name your cat Commodore Humperdinck J. Bigglesworth III.
posted by Justinian at 8:25 PM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


Now that I think about it, Commodore Vic 20 is a splendid name for a cat.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:59 PM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


People don't tell us what they named their pets because then we'd know their password.
posted by bluedaisy at 9:44 PM on September 7, 2013 [15 favorites]


Now that I think about it, Vic Twenty is a splendid name for a naval officer.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 9:46 PM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Commodore Vic-Whiskers is a fine cat name.
posted by planetesimal at 9:50 PM on September 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


My pets have all chosen their own names. When we bring a new one home, we start asking ''Is your name...?'', and say different names until they answer to one. It has always worked out well!

Zoe probably picked her name the fastest. We were still in the car on the way home from picking her up when she barked approval at the suggestion of Zoe. Of course, when one considers that her previous name was Bambi, she likely would have answered to Fred. One does not name a gorgeous pibble girl Bambi.
posted by MissySedai at 10:25 PM on September 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


Friend had a dog named Mister Howard. When pressed, he said that was the dog's name, and to ask him his first name would be presumptuous and embarrassing after all these years. To be fair, it was very reserved and stoic doggie.

Here's a lovely photo of Mister Howard pretending not to have just crapped on the carpet.
posted by flabdablet at 10:44 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


all pets named via mf are named mathowie by default.

the ask.mefi pet naming posts are just a formality. the reality is that all decisions as to the name of the animal were made about a decade ago.

way before even the $5 signup thing.

i think this is in the faq, but worth repeating now and again.

it is a little known fact.
posted by lampshade at 10:44 PM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Dolly.

Or if you're into the whole '50s music thing, Shama.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:48 PM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Fernando. Fernando Llama.
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 11:17 PM on September 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ivan, we stuck with the rescue-foster name for our dog too. I figured she'd been called by that name for a few months, so why confuse her on that in addition to all the other upsetting changes of being moved into a new house with strange new people. Plus it's pretty ("Sky") and suits her because she looks a bit like a puffy cloud with blue eyes, it's one syllable and easily recognizable and isn't a word that is otherwise used too often to cause her much confusion.

However, I failed to take into account our "Skai" (pronounced "sky") TV channel. So now, every time I ask my husband what's on Skai, the dog responds.

Anyway, now I'm fighting the urge to Ask Metafilter what we would have named our dog if we didn't keep her rescue name.
posted by taz (staff) at 12:05 AM on September 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


You should have named her Justinian.
posted by mannequito at 2:15 AM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Tron
posted by pipeski at 4:28 AM on September 8, 2013


My son went through a period where he named any animal he came in contact with "Steve Walsh", after a family friend. We had a chicken, two snails, and maybe a dozen roly polys named Steve Walsh.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:38 AM on September 8, 2013 [9 favorites]


High praise!
posted by maryr at 7:13 AM on September 8, 2013


We had rabbits named Iggy Pop (m)

Also used to know someone with a cat named Iggy Pop. Or Ignatius Popular in formal settings.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 7:58 AM on September 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


I did update with our decision on my thread from a couple days ago. Then we discovered that Chet really needed a cat-free home (which we are not). So, regretfully, we took him back to the shelter, and hopefully this new info about his needs will help him find his forever home.

We then found a perfect dog for us, who already knew her name (Clara), so we didn't have to go through the naming decision again. Which is slightly less fun but also easier.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:56 AM on September 8, 2013


I always wanted to have a pet dog named Bananas Foster Wallace. But I'm not a dog person. That's what I like about about these threads.
posted by aubilenon at 10:57 AM on September 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Someone needs to go get Chet Baker.
posted by bongo_x at 11:27 AM on September 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


If you're in the Portland area and have a cat-free home and fenced yard, Chet is the dog for you. He is at the Columbia Humane Society under the name Bud.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:10 PM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I recently met a lovely, sweet yellow lab named "Bucket." She is dumber than a box of rocks, but a happy happy dog. Bucket got her name because when she was a puppy, she got her head stuck in, you guessed it, a bucket, and the name stuck longer than the actual bucket did.

I am always tempted to propose "Plate of Beans" in the naming threads, but I expect it would be deleted promptly, so I restrain myself. Because really, I don't think the dog really cares.
posted by ambrosia at 2:06 PM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


http://ask.metafilter.com/220826/Mr-Sparky-Bartholomew-Rover

(Should have been Ms.)

We named her Annie.
posted by troll at 3:49 PM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think this is a case of being careful what you wish for. I was disappointed when I learned from an update that the kid didn't end up being named Cnut.
posted by Tanizaki at 3:54 PM on September 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


HERE is my baby naming post. She turned one today!
We went with Isla (pronounced eye-la, silent 's' like in island), which one person recommended. I'm not sure why I ended up ruling out Iris, looking at all the votes I got for that name. Isla was my original pick, from before I got pregnant, but I was worried about the pronunciation (rightfully so, as it turns out). Isla is a very good fit for her though.
posted by smalls at 4:55 PM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Drama
posted by smalls at 4:58 PM on September 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Tell it to the millions of US high school anatomy students that named the fetal pig they were dissecting Wilbur.

We named ours Debbie Gibson, 'cause she seemed real sassy!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:39 PM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Osama bin Llama
posted by George_Spiggott at 7:39 PM on September 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


IT WORKS ON SO MANY LEVELS
posted by Sys Rq at 8:07 PM on September 8, 2013


We named her Annie.

She's so CUTE!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for opening your heart and giving this girl a forever home. All of my life, my puppybutts have been rescues/rehomes, and it makes me so happy when someone chooses to help a pup in need instead of going to a breeder.

Some day, when I am independently wealthy, I am going to buy a farm and ADOPT ALL THE DOGGIES and give them a home at the Darkfriends Home for Indigent Dogs. As it is, I barely have room for the two LickMonsters that currently own me, but I love them and wouldn't have it any other way.
posted by MissySedai at 9:17 PM on September 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


"People don't tell us what they named their pets because then we'd know their password."

A thousand times this. One day at a staff meeting, the subject of redoing our personal passwords came up and we realized almost everyone had passwords that originated from a dead pet dog.
posted by HeyAllie at 10:28 PM on September 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Llama Llama Llama Llama Llama Chameleon
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:18 AM on September 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


What can you name a llama, if not Lloyd or Llewelyn?

Dharma Ding Dong Ooh Mou Mou, the Third.
posted by zamboni at 5:19 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Rendezvous With.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:53 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


My dog named his dog growing up Mr. Peabody, and my grandmother always said she felt like an ass when she had to stand at the door to call him in.
posted by Pax at 6:09 AM on September 9, 2013


Uh, my dad named his dog, that is.
posted by Pax at 6:09 AM on September 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ha, suckers, my passwords are all my mother's maiden name.
posted by maryr at 8:36 AM on September 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's really annoying how all those backup security questions are "where were you born?", "what's the name of your first pet?", "what's your mother's maiden name?", and a few others. Many of these things are going to be known by all sorts of people you may only be acquainted with, not to mention friends and family, and are probably in many cases not that difficult to discover in the age of all this internet discussion and googling.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:47 AM on September 9, 2013


I almost never use the real answers for these questions.
posted by grouse at 8:51 AM on September 9, 2013


Yeah, what security questions really mean is "Pick a second backup password—but promise us you agree that it would be really, really dumb of you to forget both of them."
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 8:54 AM on September 9, 2013


It's really annoying how all those backup security questions are "where were you born?", "what's the name of your first pet?", "what's your mother's maiden name?", and a few others.

I once worked for a company that gave us two backup security questions, and then let you write your own third question and answer. And for a while, I picked the following:
Q. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
A. African or European?
A couple times I had to call our tech support to have something re-set, and they would verbally walk me through all the security checks, including asking me the first two questions - and then, whenever they got to the third question, they would invariably crack up.

...Then the MegaCorp outsourced their entire tech team to the Philippenes, where the odds of finding someone in their call center who was versed in Monty Python were far smaller, and I got sick of explaining what that meant and rewrote the questions. Sigh.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:31 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


One small benefit of having kids is that toddlers are a fantastic source of passwords- their mispronunciations/neologisms are both memorable and not to be found in any dictionary. And they come up with good security questions too- "what is the color of electricity? what is the opposite of zero? and so forth.
posted by ambrosia at 10:41 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had a pair of ferrets once, I named them Raijin and Fujin. I didn't post a question about it, I just wanted to share that with you all.
posted by diocletian at 11:33 AM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I dunno, ambrosia. Security questions should typically be answerable only by you, but everyone knows that the correct answers to the examples you just gave are "blue" and " a million billion."
posted by contraption at 11:41 AM on September 9, 2013


Ah, but you see, my answers to both are "that's a really good question- what do you think?"

dammit now I have to go change them
posted by ambrosia at 11:47 AM on September 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I named my dogs Stay and Come.

I forget which comedian I stole that from
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:52 AM on September 9, 2013


Steven Wright
posted by planetesimal at 12:01 PM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I am pretty sure all cats should be named Bucket, but no one ever listens to me.

My cat is named 50Cent.

small, I LOVE the name Isla :)
posted by inertia at 12:47 PM on September 9, 2013


I've come in late to this discussion, but I had to note that my chickens are named:

Nugget
Noodle
Marsala
Kebab
Potpie (one word) and
Super

That's right. Super Chicken. Bkaw!
posted by Sophie1 at 12:58 PM on September 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


I once worked for a company that gave us two backup security questions, and then let you write your own third question and answer.

I am always tempted to use "what is delicious" but I figure it's too Google-able and resist.

[warning, contains PA - but it's a really old one, before they made asses of themselves.]
posted by maryr at 1:40 PM on September 9, 2013


The "make up your own question" I liked was one supposedly set up with a bank -

Call center person: "Hey man, wanna buy some killer weed?"
Customer: "What? No! I want to do some banking!"
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 5:54 PM on September 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


I won't be asking what to name our puppy because I've known his name ever since I saw his first baby photos: Achilles.


Cute, and that'll be fun when training. "Achilles: Heel!"
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:42 PM on September 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


All our chickens are called Dora.
posted by flabdablet at 7:52 AM on September 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Cleo, Iggy and Girlfriend. Easy names that you can enunciate loudly over vast distances. And that's really important whether it's a child or a dog or a horse.

Next dog will be named Stella. I want people to hear me shouting that in the dark when she runs after some wild animal.

Cleo is old and deaf now and Iggy pretends. YMMV, but a name you can scream at the top of your lungs is an underestimated asset.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:19 PM on September 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


...So, you just yell "HEY GIRLFRIEND!" when calling the dog?
posted by maryr at 5:27 PM on September 10, 2013


Next dog will be named Stella. I want people to hear me shouting that in the dark when she runs after some wild animal

We have a Stella and this works. She was originally Stella Blue our Grateful Dog, but the Blue dropped off, she's a Stella but not blue in the least.
posted by headnsouth at 5:30 PM on September 10, 2013


...So, you just yell "HEY GIRLFRIEND!" when calling the dog?

I didn't think that one out, but yeah, that is what happens. Sounds desperate and I am not. So far, only the dog has responded, but the warning is noted. It's not like that stupid body wash commercial at all, just the dog coming home, fully clothed.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 8:48 PM on September 10, 2013


Shoutouts to billiebee for messaging me! I posted this one http://ask.metafilter.com/243456/Body-positive-personal-training-but-called-something-else and I ended up being able to register Body Positive Health & Fitness. Yay!
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 4:31 AM on September 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


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