I want to learn more about upper class naming conventions, most obviously the British aristocracy but anything on the topic more generally would be interesting. Ideally I'm looking for a book or article that explains how some of the ridiculously prolix naming conventions came to be, and how you end up with people named, for example, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, [string of post-nominal letters] (born Prince Louis of Battenberg) aka Lord Mountbatten, aka Dickie. [more inside]
I have some questions about selling a used truck via private party sale. Process, plates, smog. [more inside]
I will soon be starting a new role at the school I work at that combines a lot of different stuff that I'm currently doing. I want to come up with a title that emcompasses all three jobs. [more inside]
Hey Brilliant People! I'm wondering if anyone knows where the title for "The Breakfast Club" film came from. It's so confusing! Also, does anyone know of any scholarly research done on John Hughes' movies? Thanks so much :) Happy Spring!
I'm looking for as many examples of the game "eenie meenie miney mo" being used in movies or TV shows (or video games). [more inside]
I'm working on a new website for my professional activity. There will be a bio page, as well as a blog section. Can anyone suggest possible titles/headings for these sections that would be more original than "About Me" and "Blog"? [more inside]
So I have never played any of the Pokemon titles, but they seem like something I would like. The game stores around me seem to have several different titles for the Nintendo 3DS that they are selling used pretty cheaply. Which Pokemon title for the 3DS would be OK to start with, assuming I've never played any of them, with bonus points for an older one that might be cheaper? Or should I have started playing from the first title and I'll be hopelessly lost about the gameplay now? [more inside]
I've been tasked with creating (well, refactoring and redesigning) a web app for managing a security company. It includes call logs, encounter reports, regions, locations, duties (patrols), various kinds of bulletins, and other things. If I were to search for existing software that covers the same purpose, what would I search for? What is this kind of thing called? [more inside]
I just stared a new job and I have the rare opportunity to give myself a title. I do a lot of things in this new job- basically in marketing spectrum. What should my title be? Anon sense I can't have my contacts thinking i don't know what I am doing here. [more inside]
I'm writing a book for a major publisher on language learning, and we're currently in the process of figuring out/fighting over a title+subtitle(+sub-subtitle) combo. Here's the issue: the book crosses two genres. Originally, it was simply a how-to book, with a step-by-step method for learning any language quickly. But over the course of writing and researching it, it's turned into a discussion about the science of memory and learning, how we learn languages, why we generally don't succeed at learning them in school, and what to do differently. It's become interesting, not just on a how-to level, but on an intellectual how-do-our-brains-work sort of level. This is great news from an audience standpoint – we've added a whole new potential audience (people who aren't looking for a how-to-learn-a-language book, but *are* interested in how their brains work) – but it's very tricky from a title standpoint. How do you choose a title that conveys the How-to nature of the book and the How-your-brain-works part at the same time? [more inside]
If all goes well, I'll be writing a bi-weekly blog about spaceflight and astronomy, with a particular emphasis on manned and unmanned spacecraft -- what's up on the ISS, what satellites will be launching soon and what they'll do, what interesting discoveries ongoing missions have made, that sort of thing. But I have NO IDEA at all what I should call it. [more inside]
when diana spencer married prince charles, she was since known as princess diana—so much so that i had to look up her former surname to be reminded what it was. so why is the duchess of cornwall commonly referred to still by her given name, kate middleton?
What are other modern fiction titles with superlatives? I'm thinking of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever". [more inside]
Is there a name for that Victorian(?) thing where a work, usually a novel, has a second, alternate title? [more inside]
Southern Naming Conventions: Is there a race or class component to the Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" (when used by adults to refer to other adults)? Which groups use this, when, and what does it connote when employed between/among races or social classes? [more inside]
Help me remember the titles of two books I read as a kid. I've Googled extensively and came up empty on both. [more inside]
My house sold earlier this month. I am not buying a new house right away, but... maybe? How long can I wait? How will this affect taxes? And if I could buy property, should I in order to avoid penalties (if there are any)? You are not my lawyer or my accountant, but way more details with a little bit of drama after the jump. [more inside]
You are a young unemployed recession poster child with a varied past work history and not-entirely-clear current career trajectory. You need business cards for networking events. What goes on the cards in the place where the job title would otherwise be? [more inside]
Whats the proper way to 'normalize' the titles of classical musical works when there doesn't seem to be any consistently used name? [more inside]
If I have three similar masters degrees, how do I list them all? Clever or funny ideas appreciated. [more inside]
Is it unprofessional to address an email "Dear (full name)," ? [more inside]
Is there some kind of template or wizard software that I can use to quickly add professional-looking titles to a WMV video? [more inside]
How should I address a university instructor I don't know in an email? Possibly overthinking things. [more inside]
Help me think of songs/musical numbers that echo the sentiment of "Don't Stop Believing". [more inside]
A friend is starting a blog for her homemade popsicle and paleta recipes, but can't come up with a name. What clever, cute thing should she call it?
Help me remember a title sequence... [more inside]
I'm trying to come up with titles. Where is a site that I can find uses of words that aren't cliches or idioms but common usages? [more inside]
Help me collect some extra post-nominals for cheap! [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'm starting to consider getting an e-reader, mainly because the books I'm really keen on are unavailable in my local library system and are hardly available in Australian bookstores (and are too expensive otherwise). However, I'm not sure if the books I'm after are actually available in any eBook format. Is there a way to find this out? [more inside]
Lebowski. Durden. Zoolander. Fletch. Midichlorian. Replicant. What single words are uniquely evocative of a movie?
Would having a comic with a similar name to a product that is tangentially related to the subject of the comic be legally problematic? [more inside]
I arrived in Hong Kong last week having just finished my Masters in International Business. I'm looking to either start my own export brokerage company between China and Latin America or work for a while in a company that already does this in order to get some experience. I meet interesting people every day but don't have a card to give to them. If I did have a business card, what would I put on it? [more inside]
What's the gender-neutral equivalent to "Sir" and "Ma'am"? [more inside]
I'm the owner of a 2002 Toyota Corolla which just hit 107,000 miles. On June 9th while I was at work, my car got hammered by some pretty large hail. The damage was enough that my insurance (Progressive) declared it a total loss. My frugal heart couldn't bear to have them tow away a perfectly drivable car, so I took the lesser payout (just under $5000) and kept it. Now what? [more inside]
Throughout his introduction of President Obama, ASU President Crow referred to him as "Barack Obama", without the honorific. This bothered me immensely; I feel that it is only proper when introducing a President to refer to him that way throughout. [more inside]
To 'ress or not to 'ress, that is my question [more inside]
When did credits and titles start floating in "real" space in TV and Movies? [more inside]
What was the first movie to use the Verbing Common Noun style of title? You know - Chasing Amy, Raising Arizona, Feeling Minnesota, Being Julia...
I need examples of books with memorable titles. [more inside]
I noticed last night that many of the final episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have strange titles and I was wondering if anyone knew why. Many of the episodes in the sixth and final season begin with the word "I" and then are followed by sometimes nonsensical phrases or words. [more inside]
I'm working on a list of movies that have spawned notable band names and song titles. Dead on is great, esoteric is just fine. No Weird Al or other humorists, please. Can you help?
I'm looking for 3-dimensional letters that can stand freely and be photographed. I remember seeing some that were sold to aspiring film makers during the super-8 era for creating titles. Does anybody know anything about these, or where I can get something like them? [more inside]
I am a library director who definitely needs a change of job (possibly a change of career) but I am stumped as to how to convince employers outside the library world that I am willing, able and sometimes more than qualified to do a job that doesn't necessarily involve books/libraries/IT maintenance. Can anyone share examples of how to convince employers you are qualified for something different? [more inside]
I am desperate to find the title of a song I know little about. Could someone please take a minute of their day/evening to help me identify this song? It would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
I have a nice title at my work (Director of blah), but I have none of the responsibilities, privileges or authority being a director should entail. Do I move on? [more inside]
Please: I would like a bazillion examples of popular music lyrics and song titles that would make an English teacher cry out in empathetic pain for their abuse of grammar. [more inside]
I'm trying to find the title of a British film that came out a year or two ago about a young Indian guy and a young English girl having a relationship and how he has to hide it from his friends and family. [more inside]
What's the easiest way to create a fake ZX Spectrum/Amstrad/C64 loading screen? [more inside]
When addressing a professor by a title via letter or email (e.g., Dr. Smith), and they respond by signing their name (e.g., John), are they inviting you to refer to them by their first name? [more inside]
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