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A New Wordlab is Coming

March 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm in Wordlab, Wordlab Alerts

Get excited, people, because a new Wordlab is coming, with a brand spanking new Forum. If you are a current or past user of this here old and creaky Wordlab, you will need to sign up after we launch the new site. Sorry about the hassle, but it is unavoidable in making a clean transition to a newer, better forum, as well as giving us an opportunity to clean house of many dead and spam accounts. We will still make available a copy of the content of the current Wordlab Forums for your browsing pleasure, but you won’t be able to add to it.

The switchover to the new, improved Wordlab could take place in the next few days if we’re lucky, and we just wanted to give everybody a heads-up before it happens.

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Marijuana Strain Names: The Mondo Gigando List of Dopey Names, Bud

October 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm in Names/Naming

With the 2012 Election nearly upon us, many states have medical marijuana measures on the ballot, or have already passed measures to fully or partly legalize the ganja. In case you’re not aware, there is a mind-numbing number of marijuana strains, each with their own unique properties of dopiness. Wikipedia has this to say about the naming of marijuana strains,

Varieties are often named by the breeder or grower to differentiate one from another. In competitive legal markets, such as in Amsterdam, there is significant pressure to create unique varieties that dominate the market. This results in a number of distinct variety names that may refer to very similar cannabis.

Likewise, when a variety becomes popular, many breeders and growers may produce variations of the same variety using the same or similar name. For example, Sour refers to a subset of sativa-dominant Cannabis strains.

I’ve taken the high road and avoided the obvious puns (yeah, as if) in putting together this massive list of the names of nearly 1,500 strains of marijuana, medical or otherwise, which you can see below. But first, here are my Top 25 favorite names from the list:

Apollo 13
Blue Velvet
Buddha’s Sister
Cat Piss
Dirty Harry
First Lady
La Nina
Pit Bull
Reclining Buddha
Redhaired Sonja
Velvet Elvis

And now for the straight dope: Here is the full, giant list of marijuana strain names, with many alphanumeric varietals (X #1, X #2, X#3, etc.) and plain country names removed for clarity. Enjoy (ir)responsibly: Read the rest of this entry →

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150 Funny Baseball / Softball Team Names

October 11, 2012 at 11:07 am in Names/Naming

Calling all Weakened Warriors: If you are looking for great, funny names for your baseball or softball team, or even for your fantasy baseball team, we’ve got ‘em by the score. Here’s a taste — see all 150 funny baseball and softball team names below, after the jump:

Backdoor Sliders
Base Desires
Caught Looking
Hazmat Suitors
Hit Squad
Ice Cold Pitchers
Master Blasters
Multiple Scoregasms
Ponytail Express
Scratch & Sniff
Sons of Pitches
Victorious Secret
Village Idiots

It’s no longer enough just to show up at the local baseball diamond or softball park and expect to play ball. No, you need a strong brand identity for your team. Why just out-play the competition when you can out-name them as well? In this list you will find some great names that will help you do just that — but it’s only the beginning of what we offer here — see the reference links at the bottom of the post for even more team naming goodness.

And now, on with the names… Read the rest of this entry →

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New Fantasy Name Generator

October 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm in Names/Naming, Wordlab, Wordlab Names

Wordlab’s new Fantasy Name Generator is here! You asked for it (silently, in prayer), you dreamed of it, but, most of all, you fantasized that Wordlab would create the ultimate fantasy name generator. And now we have. Our Fantasy Name Generator is the magical source of 6,168,669 names for every fantasy figure you’re ever likely to fantasize about. Just imagine how many Tolkien’s you’ll be able to fit on the head of a pin once you are armed to the teeth with this massive corpus of fantasy name potentiality.

I just put the new Fantasy Name Generator through its paces, and here are 30 fantastical specimens for your wonderment, an infinitesimal sampling of the more than six million fantasy names available:

Abarden the Cabbage
Bahir the Horrible
Gebeth the Arse
Wikas the Wanton
Is’tai the Popular
Keluskack the Stammerer
Azuela the Bitch
Garrar the Fallen
Nythil the Longshanks
Cirein the Crosseyed
Teg the Mendacious
Bramblerose the Lovelorn
Oras the Humongous
Ine’urnu the Inexorable
Daniel the Avenger
Honrad the Quarreller
Queul the Exile
Sylvan the Cheesy
Mimpsey the Grim Reaper
Thedelryn the Nutcase
Honther the Precious
Sealanna the Quiet
Chess the Caulker
Oldbuck the Hairless
Nijel the Charcoal Cruncher
Freca the Imp
Vesom the Gouty
Kinrr the Little Impaler
Vorsaw the Harefoot
Toyna the Shallow

For related joyful clicking, check out the Character Name Generator too. It has nearly 380 million character names for all your characterization needs. Oh hell — just go check out all our amazing Name Generators, and tell everyone you know to do the same. The world will be a better place. Cheers.

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Wordboard: names for skincare & cosmetics lines

October 10, 2012 at 11:33 am in Names/Naming, Wordlab Names

Another post in our series of deep dives into the dusty old database housing the original #Wordboard forum. The original inquiry, along with an edited selection of name suggestions, is presented below.

Naming a skincare and a cosmetics line (09/21/1999)

Hi, I need help in naming a skincare and a cosmetics line. I would like for the products to have separate but corresponding names. The skincare items are high end quality, nice clear packaging. The cosmetics are real modern with matte black packaging and brushed silver accents. Thank you soo much!!! Bella =)

Skin Care:

About Face
Acme Patrol
Acne Away
Fresh Face
Liquid Pore
Liquid Silk
Liquid Skin
Liquid Velvet
Pore Choice
Pore Girl
Pore Gold
Pore Guy
Pore Partner
Pore Power
Sea Breeze Facial Wash


Skin In A Bottle
Thin Air Cosmetics

Skincare / Cosmetics Pairings:

Cheeky | Sketch
Ciao | Bella Figala!
Gleam | Sparkle
Gleam | Twinkle
Qleen | Sutra
Silkia | Penelope
Smootch | Tickle


Acne — Do An About Face
Acne — Face Up To It
Because you needz-it!
Break Out Your Bella
Don’t just zit around, do somethin!
Face The Music
Fresh as a sea breeze.
Is zit still there?
Just Another Pretty Face
Pore It On!
Stop your zit-pickin!
Walk right in, Zit right down….
What is zit?
Zit can’t be!
Zit really work?
Zit won’t be long!
Zit-itty doodaa, zit-itty day!
Zits about time!

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Wordboard: names for a coffee / candy store

October 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm in Names/Naming, Wordlab Names

With this post, we begin a regular series of deep dives into the dusty old database housing the original Wordlab forum (the “Wordboard,” for old-timers). The original inquiry, along with a selection of name suggestions, will be presented in each post. See ‘em all at #Wordboard.

Need name for coffee / candy store (04/05/04)

My hubby and I are opening a coffee / candy store and are coming up short on name ideas. We will be selling old fashioned bagged candy (from gummies, to chocolates, to mints, to Swedish fish) as well as mixed nuts, and peanuts in bulk (up to 20lb bags). We will also be selling gourmet coffee beans and coffee supplies and accessories (grinders, coffee pots, filters, flavored creams…), not quite so much actual cups of coffee or lattes or things like that. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Afternoon Delight
Bean Me Up
Beans & BonBons
BonBons & Beans
Candy Cafe
Chewy Brewy
Hubby’s Cafe
Jellies and Java
Le Bon Bean
Lumps and Brewses
Sipp & Nibble
Snack Shack
Sweet Brews
Sweet Confections
Sweet Java
The Candy Grinder
The Caffeine Confectionary
The Jumping Bean
The Sweet Life
The Sweet Shop Coffee House
Treat & Bean

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A few band names for you to bandy about

September 10, 2012 at 9:02 am in Name Ideas

Here are ten doozies from Wordlab’s archival Rock Band Names list:

  1. Lolipop Flower
  2. Splinter Kiss
  3. Paint By Numbers
  4. Spiderbarrow
  5. The Fidget
  6. Bonefly
  7. Wartime Recipes
  8. Zenthrax
  9. Electric Furrytown
  10. Sniff Test

We thought we’d throw in a new band name for you, Cheese Machine, but, alas, it is already in use. Not to be confused with The String Cheese Incident. Oh well, no sense crying over Lost Cheese. (You’re welcome.)

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The Strange Poetic Beauty of Redacted Chimp

May 24, 2012 at 9:09 am in Art, Poetry

Redacted Chimps in the rain

Not exactly sure what this is, but I like it. A seemingly simple concept, Redacted Chimp is exactly that — pictures of chimpanzees with black (sometimes other colors) redaction strips covering their eyes, as if to mask their identities. Or perhaps their identities have been taken from them? Or they never existed in the first place? Or perhaps they are us, our proxy in the wild world? It’s impossible to say for sure, because interpretation is left to the viewer. But what makes this site even more interesting are the poetic fragments of narrative that are paired with each image. Here, for example, is the complete text that accompanies the image above:

Redacted Chimp 010. I love holding hands with your foot, in the rain, in the sun, in the rain. I love watching the rain careen off my hand, off your face, off the palm of my hand. There are plants in the world that nobody even knows the names of yet, that don’t even have names yet, that don’t have names. I love holding flowers in your hands, with my feet, in your rain. (Redacted Chimp 010)

A lovely image, probably triggered by the chimp in this picture holding hands with his (her?) own foot. And of course I love that it is also a musing on names.

Could the chimps be the poets here? Maybe they made this website as a way to reclaim their identities? Maybe this is the true beginning of the Planet of the Apes. Check it out, and report back here if you learn anything more.

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Looking for a lost saint

April 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm in Culture / History, Shoutout

Zinzin is trying to answer the question, Who was St. George William Joseph Stock? Philosophy scholar, author of numerous books and articles, and whip-smart flagellator, this odd “Saint” has gone missing from the historical record. Click over to Zinzin to read this missing person account, and if you know the whereabouts of Mr. Stock’s life story, add it to the comments of that post.

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Telmetale of Stem or Stone

March 17, 2012 at 11:09 am in Culture / History, Literature

Happy St. Patrick’s day. Zinzin has a post featuring a video (audio with pictures) of James Joyce Reading Finnegans Wake, from 1929, with the text to follow along. But first, and before you quaff or even lay eyes on your first Guinness of the day, make sure you have a hearty and nutritious breakfast:

Night now!
Tell me, tell me, tell me, elm! Night night! Telmetale of stem or
stone. Beside the rivering waters of, hitherandthithering waters
of. Night!

~James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, p.216 lines 2-5