Written 4 January, 2007
What's In a Name?
I find avatar names in Second Life fascinating.
We're forced to choose our last names from a limited set of perhaps 250 names which rotates periodically, but our first names are of our own choosing. I'm impressed by the creativity shown by so many citizens.
Some of the names are common ones, like Mike or Julie, which is great, for otherwise we would be constantly surrounded by JuggleBoys and FlameSwallowers and xxxratted (sic). Some name are just stupid. Some are attempts to be imaginative, but fall short (there are way too many Neos [and no offense meant to my friend Neo]). And some are brilliant.
It's about here that I should trot some clever names out, but to tell the truth, my overtaxed brain can't dredge any up right now. So, Chey promises to start jotting down clever names when she comes across them, and will post her list from time to time.
I'm in the habit anyway, as long ago I started accumulating clever drag names. So for now, they are what will have to suffice.
My favorite was the name of a very slick magazine on drag called Dragazine. The founder and editor was Lois Commondenominator. That beats the Car Talk guys' Russian chauffeur Peekof Andropov all hollow.
I'm posting not my entire list, but only the most clever names.
Put on your seat belts. Here goes.
Cora Daple (I made this one up)
Dana Van Iquity
Didi Duit (Ditto)
Em Inotaman (and again)
Hortense Tilyapayer (and maybe this one, too! I forget)
Rosa Rotchakockoff (sorry!)
Selma Junkoff (this from the Car Talk Guys)
Wanda De Countryside
And let's not forget the guys:
Heywood Yabuzof (Car guys)
Hugh G. Rection
Larson E. Madders
Mike Hunt (ouch!)