A few years ago I heard a story on NPR about research that found people are attracted to others whose names are similar to their own, like "Fred Garrett" might find himself attracted to "Margaret Johnson" because the "garet" in "Margaret" is similar to "Garrett." I've searched for it to no avail. Does this ring a bell? Anybody?
I'm trying to help a friend who wants to sell a self-made food product along with another name brand food product at farmers markets, co-ops, etc. What are the legal and /or regulatory questions they need to be ask themselves and where do they go for the answers. Hypothetical scenarios in the extended explanation. [more inside]
I am looking for an exhaustive list of bird names [more inside]
What is the technical name of this text format where a certain part of the bigger text is highlighted and presented in a box. See the link below here. What is the technical name of the bit which says " The Mona Lisa had spent two years on Peruggia’s kitchen table. ‘I fell in love with her,’ he said from jail" about half way down the page. Extra points for someone who can suggest a wordpress plugin that allows this.
Help me, Metafilter, you're my only hope... of coming up with a rad roller derby name! I keep coming up with names that make references that my friend don't get/think are funny - can you help me find a way to please both myself and the masses? [more inside]
Help me make a list of subject-relevant silly names for my substitute teaching gigs. [more inside]
BABY NAMES! *pistols fire in air* Yes, I'm that
desperate 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]
Growing up, I knew a lot of kids whose parents had merged their last names with a hyphen. But I can't think of one couple who merged their last names organically into a brand new name. To give you an example, if Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married and merged their last names into a brand new name, it would be "Polie", or "Jitt." I am looking for real life examples of people who have consciously done just such a thing. Thanks.
Quick now: how would you pronounce the (Yiddish?) names Dovid and Elly? [more inside]
We're having a boy But we can't think of a name! As we're both atheists, we'd like a name that is not at all religious. There's extra points if you can come up with a science connection and triple bonus points if it's more difficult for other kids to make fun of. [more inside]
Can I force Gmail to show last names of message senders when I'm looking at the list of messages? [more inside]
My family is about to welcome a sweet little female Yorkie puppy into our family. We are terrible at coming up with pet names. Can you help us brainstorm? [more inside]
We need help naming the new female husky mix we are adopting! [more inside]
Another name my _____ question. I need a name for a new group recipe blog thing I'm creating with some friends. [more inside]
I live in Australia, and have noticed lot of the students I study with who are from somewhere in East Asia will adopt a Western name while they're over here, presumably to make things easier for thick-tongued Anglos. I'm curious about how these names are selected. [more inside]
trying to compile a list of condescending terms like "kid" or "son" [more inside]
Why is it common practice in the US for people to be known by their first initial and middle name eg. J Robert Lennon, E Jean Carroll? Why don't those who prefer their middle name still keep the initial? [more inside]
How much hassle would it be to change your performance or working name, especially when you have some projects in transition? Is there a good time to do so? [more inside]
Help me name my company! [more inside]
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]
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?
Someone I met once mentioned to me that her name, Judy, meant "catastrophe" in Russian, her mother's native language. Is this true? Do I have the details wrong? What Russian word was she talking about?
What should I name my cocktail video blog? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Need names for junior roller derby teams. [more inside]
I've joined a roller derby league, and the time has come for me to pick a name. Help me come up with something nerdy and awesome! [more inside]
My name is unusual in the US, and the associated hassle is inconvenient. Should I use a nickname, change my name or keep it as-is? If I keep it, what strategies can I use to wear it better? [more inside]
Etymological/genealogical question--tips or tricks for finding the origin of a very elusive family name when Googlefu, Ancestryfu and all other manner of -fus fail? [more inside]
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]
What are the legal implications of giving a company the same name as a company in a different business? [more inside]
I need a woman's name in Arabic that rhymes with "ninja". [more inside]
Who could this be? A relatively famous scientist or mathematician who was a German refugee in the Second World War, whose name sounds something like Buchholt? [more inside]
I'm looking for lists of extinct surnames - family names that have fallen out of use entirely, on a global scale. I'm particularly interested in surnames of Anglo-Saxon/Brittanic origin, but would welcome resources from other backgrounds as well. [more inside]
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]
What other notable people besides Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington Carver have been intentionally named after someone famous who was not in their family?
George Washington Carver... Martin Luther King Jr.... What other notable/successful folks have been intentionally named after famous people who are not in their family (that is their famous antecedent's first and last name is the "descendant's" given name)? [more inside]
How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
I watch a lot of non-fiction shows, like Mythbusters and the First 48. Throughout these shows, often things are blurred on purpose. In Mythbusters, they blur brand names. On the First 48, they blur numbers, license plates, faces. I was just curious (A) how much something like that would cost in terms of dollars, (B) how long it would take to do - say an episode, and (C) what computer program they use to do this. Thanks!
Besides Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath on the album Black Sabbath, what are other song/album/band eponymous trifecta? [more inside]
Oops -- I didn't mean to permanently associate a NSFW image with my business email... [more inside]
What team names mean something? And why? [more inside]
In the US (Illinois, specifically) I changed my name legally, or so I thought. Now it appears the name change may not have happened. How can I confirm beyond a doubt whether the name change legally exists or not, and if not, what's next? [more inside]
Bands with the same name. Since you can't usually have a fist fight over it, how do you decide who wins? [more inside]
What are some good songs for a slow, long-distance run? [more inside]
Street Names In Songs, where can I find a list? I'm looking for street names or places in Western pop music, ideally from the 50s-70s. I'm looking more for fictional or slang names rather than real place names, and street-square-neighborhood names over city names.
I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians. [more inside]
What should my friend name his VERY SMALL, MALE, Chihuahua? [more inside]
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]
We're having (another) boy. We have no boy names we like. Help. [more inside]
Another "name my baby" post. [more inside]
Does my client's listed last name (NLN) stand for "No Last Name"? [more inside]
What is the song from the 1960s or so with the funny male name in it? I was explaining to some friends the other day that when I was a kid I thought Simon & Garfunkel was one guy, Simon N. Garfunkel - a funny name like that funny man's name in some song from around the same time (sixties or seventies, but it could have been a fifties song). I can't think of the name or the song, though. Anyone?