A female detective had two cats, which she'd named Onanoff and Offanon. Some variation in the spelling is likely.
This was Sci Fi radio program in the 80's.
Anybody remember her, or her kitties? Super bonus points for a link to the archives, if it exists.
Google won't even discuss it with me.
posted by mule98J
on Oct 8, 2013 -
Can anyone give me any examples of naming strategies? They can be for buildings, places, people, things, pets, computer files–whatever–but I'd especially like examples where the resulting name is more or less arbitary, ie with as little human choice in it as possible. Examples from fiction are fine, so are cultural, historical or private strategies that people may have used. Any example, basically of a system that delivers a name for something. Thanks!
posted by einekleine
on Sep 10, 2013 -
To be more clear, what do you think are some names that, while you would first assume someone with that name is a woman, if it was a man you wouldn't be all like "Why is this guy called Jennifer?" [more inside]
posted by Fermin
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on May 18, 2013 -
MetaFilter, I'm creating two corporate entities for small side ventures, and I get to name them whatever I want! Suggestions/inspirations? (some parameters inside) [more inside]
posted by dry white toast
on Mar 1, 2013 -
I'm looking for writings on modern given names, name lists and/or theories on why so many parents feel compelled to give children unusually spelled variants or completely invented names instead of names from the common stock, so to speak. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What are all of the male/female homophone name pairs? I am looking for examples of names that sound alike but are spelled differently depending on whether the individual is male or female. Examples: Don/Dawn, Erin/Aaron, Francis/Frances, Yves/Eve.
posted by bq
on Sep 28, 2012 -
What to call a presidential mouse and her twin sister? My library's Summer Reading Program mascots need names! [more inside]
posted by beekept
on May 25, 2012 -
I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
posted by thrasher
on May 18, 2012 -
I need pet names for guns from movies and TV.
For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape
, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly
Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel
on Apr 24, 2012 -
BABY NAMES! *pistols fire in air* Yes, I'm that
curious to come up with a name for my daughter that I'm asking the internet. Can you help me name mah baby? [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Aug 15, 2011 -
I'm an Englishman married to a Lithuanian - so we have 2 different, though similar, alphabets between us - how can we orthographically regularise our surnames? Alternative spellings? Double-barrelled names? [more inside]
posted by KMH
on Mar 4, 2011 -
Why do we say 'Mark Antony' and not 'Marcus Antonius?' His name seems unique among Romans in the way we name them now - is it?
posted by tomboko
on Feb 25, 2011 -
What is an Edgar Allan Poe (particularly the Pit and the Pendulum) theme that keeps up with the P alliteration and would be suitable for a geocache hidden under a pile of rocks? [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley
on Jan 25, 2011 -
Is there some kind of zoning ordiance in Seattle that all apartment buildings with above a certain number of units must have a name? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse
on Jan 12, 2011 -
If you were selling a product at (fictional example) socialnetworkmarketing.com, would you buy facebookmarketing.com and twittermarketing.com to just redirect to socialnetworkmarketing.com? [more inside]
posted by smersh
on Aug 3, 2010 -
I was told that my great-great grandfather surname was double-barrelled and was subsequently changed to the last surname. Can I (under UK Law) use the double-barrelled name when signing official documents? [more inside]
posted by nam3d
on Jan 3, 2010 -
Needed: Memory hacks. I have trouble remembering names. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by ASM
on Oct 20, 2009 -
How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
posted by mediareport
on Jul 16, 2009 -
Unusual name filter: My first name is Irish and hard to spell and understand for most people. I have never had a nickname except for a juvenile one and various people making up a pronunciation of my name. But now I'm grown up and I constantly have to spell my name to people on the phone. [more inside]
posted by sio42
on Nov 14, 2008 -
Who are some famous LIVING people, in America, who are named Joe, who are not fictional and, very important, who are NOT plumbers? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Nov 12, 2008 -
I'm looking for suggestions for monosyllabic girl names that are more unique/interesting than things like "Ann" or "Jane" or "Sue" but still familiar enough that my as-yet-unnamed fetus won't have to go through life spelling out BOTH her first and last names for people. (She'll have my husband's last name to deal with--something like Dziewolrgjeoaezkxyzski.) [more inside]
posted by mere
on Sep 6, 2008 -
A few years back, an older Israeli man told me that my daughter's name, Kameya, meant "good luck charm" in ancient Hebrew. Was he just pulling my leg? [more inside]
posted by Gucky
on Jun 19, 2008 -
How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.
posted by ND¢
on Feb 12, 2007 -
Cookie exchange in one hour! Need punny/clever name for my chocolate-covered peanut butter bars. The more political the better. [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies
on Dec 18, 2006 -
I'd appreciate any and all advice associated with changing work environments -- whether practical advice (about little bits of personal business to remember, or health insurance crud), or mental/emotional advice (how to adjust internally), or sociological advice (how to smooth the transition into a new employee culture).
I also suck learning names -- hopefully they'll have nameplates, but anyone have tips for committing a large mass of names and faces to memory? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Apr 13, 2005 -