Thanks to everyone who played last week's Fritinancy naming contest. You really turned on the creativity!
Before I announce the winner, here's a recap of the contest rules:
- must be a personal name, like "Sue"
- that has at least two meanings
- one of which is aptronymic—suitable for a profession (as "Sue" is for female litigators)
Go to the comments on the original post to read all the submissions, which take up at least two screens. I want to tip my hat to the two most prolific contestants, Nick (11 names) and Tom (37!). Good going, guys. You've mastered the cardinal rule of naming: To create a good name, you need to create a lot of names.
Another hat tip to Michael, who logged his second submission (Bill for You collection agency) just under the midnight deadline. (UPDATE: Submitted after the deadline, but so good I can't resist including it, is Erin's Hank: For Male Knitters.)
Four people submitted their own names. Nick suggested that Nick magazine could be subtitled "Shavers Weekly." (More like "For Masochistic Shavers," I'd say.) Josh Forman nominated Josh: The Magazine for Comedians. And Mark Gunnion, a namer himself, submitted Mark: The magazine for folks who dream up names and trademarks. Rod thought his own name would be a good title for a publication about high-performance auto parts.
I got a chuckle out of Orange's Ms. Ed (for manuscript editors). It doesn't quite follow the rules, but it's damned clever—no surprise from an accomplished puzzle person like Ms. Orange.
Andrea Carla Michaels, another puzzle maven (and a professional name developer to boot), offered a double pun with a Biblical twist: Abel: For the Physically Challenged (Get rid of that Cane!).
With so much talent on display, it was challenging to come up with winners. The runners-up, in random order:
1. Devon, who's with Minneapolis naming and branding agency Pollywog, submitted several gems. My favorite was Mort: The Magazine for Funeral Directors. Dark, pithy, and un petit peu français.
2. SSFC, who writes a fine (and new-to-me) blog called Feral Child, made me laugh out loud with Hector: The Journal of the Association of School Psychologists. There must be a painful story associated with that choice, but it's funny nonetheless.
3. Barry Nordin displayed an admirable mordant streak with Bob: The Magazine for Mohels.
And the grand prize winner, who will receive a copy of Things That Make Us [Sic], is...
All of Tim's submissions (Bernie: For Arsonists, Wanda: The Magazine for Wishful Thinkers, etc.) showed flair. The cream of the crop, though—punny, topical, bilingual, and just subtle enough to make you think —is Hussein: The Gossip Magazine.
Who's sayin'? I'm sayin'.
In other news, I will be offline for the next few days. I'll be back Monday with a new Word of the Week.