Thanks to the Manolo (who loves the shoes!), I now know about the definitive CFMQ shoe brand* (and also **): Harlot. Manolo asks, quaintly and plaintively, "Is the Manolo the only person who remembers when being called the prostitute was not the good thing?" Ah, Manolo, you Old World gentleman, you--if you could hear what the young girls call each other these days, in jest and sans malice, you would rejoice that they are at least reviving a term with a venerable if not exactly glorious history.
Next, venture capitalist Fred Wilson, of the widely read A VC blog, has written an admiring post about Startupping, "a community resource for Internet entrepreneurs." Great concept, but I couldn't stop giggling over the name, which I read as Star Tupping. (Tup, v. tr. and intr.: to copulate with a sheep. In this case, evidently, a celebrity sheep.) Even casual students of Shakespeare will recall--or at least won't forget, now that I'm reminding you--Iago inciting Brabantio by telling him (Othello, Act I, Scene 1), "Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe." Well, I guess even Internet entrepreneurs have to sleep with someone, or something, to get ahead. (By the way, TUP is also the ticker symbol for Tupperware, home of the burping seal.) (And as far as I can tell, English "tup" is unrelated to Yiddish "shtup," etymologically anyway.)
Finally, it's just too darned easy to make fun of Japanese product names--Calpis sour milk, Pocari Sweat "refreshment water," Crunky chocolate bars. (See lots more at Engrish.com.) Still, I can't resist noting with mild alarm a relatively recent penchant for inappropriate portmanteaux of English words. I've already mentioned Bilk, the beer made from surplus milk. Now comes Deeppresso, a canned drink containing--you guessed it--deep-roasted espresso. Jeff Shaw, an American living in Japan, comments: "If I ever rent a clown for my kid's birthday party, I hope he too is named 'Deeppresso.' If not, he's fired." (Via Strategic Name Development.)
* I was greatly surprised not to find the acronym CFMQ in any of my usually reliable sources, on- or offline. I've been hearing and using it for years, decades even, in reference to a particular type of shoe--high of heel, revealing of toe cleavage, and just this side of fetishwear. The initials stand, more or less, for Come Tup Me Quickly.
** I did, however, discover radio station CFMQ in the town of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, which calls itself the Moose Capital of the World. But if you were expecting a ribald remark about moosetupping, you are going to be disappointed.