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January 06, 2009


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Harold Perrineau is (or was -- you never can tell) on Lost; he kept getting kidnapped or killed and then showing up again. He has a son, Walt -- a perfectly sensible name -- who now seems to have become an agent of supernatural entities.

@Jon: Many thanks. I'm a bad pop-cult student: I don't watch Lost. Or Heroes. Or Mad Men.

Two related peeves:

1. Referring to a company by its ticker symbol rather its name.

2. Products with initials for names. I once worked for a company that named most of its products using three letter acronyms. It became so bad that even employees didn't know what they meant.

The Harold Perrineau fans bubble to the surface—he was also in that Anthony Hopkins movie about the bear, The Edge (written by Mamet). Hopkins is the rich man, and he invites Alec Baldwin and a photographer played by Perrineau out to his cabin and eventually damn near everyone (except the billionaire) gets et by a bear. You know the cinematic rule, "The brother always gets it first"? Perrineau's indeed first on the menu. There's a lot of screaming. He's a memorable screamer.

Perrineau is also memorable to people who were teenagers in the mid-nineties as the cross-dressing Mercutio in Baz Luhrman's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Now there's a bad name, what with the plus sign and the needless reference to the author.

I once had a housemate who had worked for a company named NBI, which of course stood for Nothing But Initials

I've just realized that I've read "bupkes or bupkis" (usually in Lawrence Sanders novels) but never actually heard it said. Thought it was one syllable.

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