I have an idea that may be patentable. I want to search patent listing websites to see if something like it already exists. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Dec 19, 2009 -
Literary/historical baby boy name suggestions? Guidance inside. [more inside]
posted by tk
on Dec 14, 2009 -
Why do some people use false names when travelling? Is this legal?
I'm interested in the history of people using noms de voyages, people who do it now, attitudes towards them, and what practical difficulties there are and were.
posted by westerly
on Nov 28, 2009 -
I guess I know too many Saras and Sarahs, Teresas and Theresas, etc., because I find myself having a hard time remembering who spells their name which way. I know that people can become annoyed when their name is spelled incorrectly, so I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions for how to remember the correct spelling when someone has a common name with multiple possible spellings, without having to consult an address book every time I want to write or type their names. Thanks.
posted by Balonious Assault
on Nov 12, 2009 -
I need great, imaginative, appealing names for black dogs! A friend operates a rescue organization for dogs and cats, and mentioned how hard it is to find homes for black dogs (see Black Dog Syndrome
)... and since I was already helping her come up with names, I thought I'd come up with a special list of Black Dog names that are perhaps evocative of personality types, and that might inspire interest so that potential adopters will maybe find their curiosity/sense of whimsy piqued and stop to at least read a description on the website, instead of just passing by any photo of a black dog. Some specific considerations inside... [more inside]
posted by taz
on Oct 29, 2009 -
Needed: Memory hacks. I have trouble remembering names. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by ASM
on Oct 20, 2009 -
I am looking for translations for the words "twin" and "sister". I have used babelfish and other sites but really want the pronunciation not just foreign writings I can't decipher. Also, translations in other languages not listed such as different Native American tribal translations. Help?!
posted by madmamasmith
on Oct 14, 2009 -
Questions about Hong Kong Chinese people renaming themselves with more "American" sounding first names. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline
on Sep 29, 2009 -
Baby Name Block: I'm pregnant with my third boy. I'm so totally out of boy names it isn't even funny. I have a total block. Help me get inspired by participating in this exercise. [more inside]
posted by Bueller
on Aug 30, 2009 -
I work in a lab with rhesus monkeys. They need names. For reasons of historical precedent and notational convenience, lab animals are usually named alphabetically, from A ("Abe") until you run out of monkeys. For reasons of awesomeness, we're naming our monkeys after spunky cartoon characters. So, please help me come up with the best comic/cartoon/superhero names for each letter of the alphabet. [more inside]
posted by miagaille
on Jul 31, 2009 -
I have two new dwarf rabbits in my family and I need some naming help from the hive mind. I've been noodling around names for two weeks now and I'm just drawing a blank. "Bunnnnneeeee!" and "bayyyybbbbeeeeeeee bunny!" just isn't cutting it anymore. Details and (killer-cute) pics inside. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_
on Jul 27, 2009 -
I've just got a hold of my class lists for next year and there are a few names that I'm not sure how to pronounce. [more inside]
posted by alby
on Jul 17, 2009 -
How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
posted by mediareport
on Jul 16, 2009 -
What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on Jun 6, 2009 -
When attempting to register at an online forum I was repeatedly blocked when attempting to pick a username. My choices included random strings of letters and numbers. I sent a email asking what was up. The answer was that one had to register using ones "real" name...
How the heck can a web admin make that determination? The only question asked previous to picking a username and pw was DOB. (Which seems a bit weird too.)
Since that time I have attempted to pick a username with several plausable "real" names including my real real one and have been blocked
Does this make any sense?
posted by flummox
on May 5, 2009 -
I know that some Hebrew and English names are identical (e.g., Maia, Deborah, and Miriam), some English and Hebrew names are similar (e.g., Isaac/Yitzchak, Jonathan/Yonatan, Jonas/Yona), and some are translations (e.g., Eve/Chava). Are there other less obvious correspondences between Hebrew and English names? Specifically, nobody has been named for my late grandfathers, whose Hebrew names are Chaim and Yona. We could use those as Hebrew names for a boy, but what are the options for Hebrew names for a girl and English names for either? My Hebrew name is Chava, so I would not want to use that as a feminine version of Chaim.
posted by anonymous
on Apr 7, 2009 -
Say I'm writing a story and I want to emulate the old practice of referring to proper nouns by initials: i.e. Dr. M— from the town of S—. Where and when did this start? Why did they do this? (It hides the person's name, but from the author's perspective, is it to give his story an air of veracity, as with Defoe and Cervantes's works?) Would some names remain hidden and others not? Do I hide the last name only? If a man came from Monte Cristo, would I write M— C— or simply M—? I want as much information on this as possible. The name of this practice, if there is one, might be useful.
posted by Busoni
on Apr 7, 2009 -
Asking for family member: Brother is thinking of starting a merchandise delivery business and needs name suggestions for said business. Southwest TX if it matters.
posted by tradeer33
on Mar 3, 2009 -
Does anyone know any obscure synonyms or industry-related terms for 'Special Bookings' or 'By Appointment Only'? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive
on Mar 1, 2009 -
Help my neighbor name her new rescue dog with an enormous head! He's a black dog with white markings here and there. But the really distinguishing feature is his HUGE cranium! He is a super-sweet pit bull mix and is looking for something that will not add to the fear some will feel just by looking at him because of his breed. [more inside]
posted by murrey
on Feb 12, 2009 -
There's a book I read about 8 years ago I'm trying to identify. I can't remember the title. It was a thick paperback, a blue cover with possibly a butterfly on it. But here's the weird thing
about this book, which is why I am hoping someone can help me - it was written by two people, and they were only identified by their first names on the cover.
I had never seen that before. On the cover, it was like, "Edward & Judy" or something like that. Weird, huh? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Jan 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 now own an untitled cat. Inspire me with ridiculous pet names you've encountered. [more inside]
posted by spamguy
on Nov 10, 2008 -
I was engaged, but never married to, a guy 11 years ago - somehow our names and my mother's address are linked together in several combinations out in cyberspace and on direct-mailing lists. How can I unlink them? [more inside]
posted by amysk
on Nov 9, 2008 -
SEO filter: What's this about getting descriptive domain names for forwarding? [more inside]
posted by letahl
on Oct 21, 2008 -