Slight upgrade to The Wordlab Forum user interface

I just completed some small but powerful user interface improvements to simplify the Forum experience. There is now just one forum, re-named The Wordlab Forum, which appears only on the Home page of Wordlab. So now it makes no difference whether you have a naming project; a tagline project; a name & tagline project; any other kind of branding project; or sundry Wordlab issues, suggestions, or rants — whatever your subject, just post it as a new Topic to the one and only Wordlab Forum. Use tags to identify specific subject matter of your posts — see the Topic Tag Cloud for the most popular tags used in Forum posts.


New Wedding / Event Planning Company Name Generator

Attention all wedding and event planners: We have just launched the latest in the family of famous Wordlab Name Generators, the Wedding / Event Planning Company Name Generator. If they’re going to the chapel, and they’re gonna’ get married, and it’s your job to plan the big event, and you don’t have a name for your company, then this is the name generator for you. But it’s not just for weddings! With 1,349,271 potential names, this name generator is ideal for any kind of business – personal, social, or professional – that does planning for weddings, parties, receptions, conferences, trade shows, state dinners, and any other kind of event.

So get out your contacts list and dust off that project management app, and let’s name your wedding / event planning company! I just took the generator out for a warmup spin, and here are 15 names it generated for me (actual mileage may vary):

Everything My Party
Sculpted Celebration
Andromeda Thinking Scenes
Bonfire Décor
Wedding Pro Functions
Lucky Silver Team
Show Weddings
Topaz Creations
Eventions Entertainment
Scenario By Enchantment
Big E Gurus
Creative Fêtes
Pomp Planning Connection
PlanAhead Inc
InStyle Evermore


The action is heating up on the new forum

The new Wordlab site has been up and running for a week now, and so far so good. The action has been great on the new forums! You can access the Naming Projects forum right from the Home page; access the other two forums (Taglines & SlogansWordlab Issues) from the Forums page or the sidebar links. Please see this forum post, How to Use the Wordlab Forum, for instructions on how to get started, plus Pro Tips on how best to make use of the forum.

And take these words of wisdom to heart: Please strive to be generous with name and tagline/slogan suggestions for your fellow Wordlabbers. Often, even if you are stuck trying to name your own company or product, you might have great ideas for somebody else’s project, and helping them may unblock your path to the right name for your own project.

Here are some highlights from the past week in the Naming Projects forum:

Name for fitness/apparel company: Fitty; Axis; and the best one so far, Punchdrunk (great work, Quark).

Name for Asian culture club branching into sales: Orient Express; Proton Beam; SuperCool; Otaku World; and the best one so far, Asia Vu  (great work, Quark).

Name for a Wedding/Event planning & Styling business: Big Day; Main Event; In The Moment; Three Cheers; and the best one so far, Pop! Events (great work, Franny).

Name for fandom themed bar/restaurant: Fanimal; Fan Cave; Dollop; Eat Long & Prosper; Trekkielicious; Restaurant That Must Not Be Named; Shire Bar & Grill; Smaugasborg; El Rancho Skywalker; Regalia; Fannery; Spacetoast; Chewie.

Catchy Name for a technology consulting services: Binary Partners; BeepBeep; Digitalus; Dark Star; Neutrino; Blur.

Name for a new science experiment-studying wild house mice in outdoor enclosures: A House for a Mouse; FREE: Free Range Experimental Enclosures; Free Range Mice; Mousetopia; MouseHouse: Think Outside The Lab; Project GreenMouse; The Big Cheese Lab.

Name for Couples ministry: Love Strong; Big Love; LoveWorks; Coupling; You&Me; Two Of Us; One Heart; LoveLight; Helpmate; Lean On Me.

Name for hair extension company: Destiny; Weevil; Twirl; Fresh Hair; Sweet Pea; Hair Apparent; Mane Matters; Goddess Locks; Houseplant.

New name for a retro Motocross inspired Men’s Jogging Suit line: So many good names in this thread–a real treasure trove! Jumpsuit; Fourstroke; Elsinore; Bronson; Stuntman; Moto; Fédération; Sideburn; Temescal Wash; Santa Ana; Chrome; Mountbatten; International; Ortega Hwy; Trabuco; Roller; Scrapheap.

Two attractive single moms starting a food truck need a name!!??: Food Babes; TwinStar; Rolling Thunder; The Milfwagon; Texas Mother Truckers; Hot Mamas Roadside; Lone Star Belly (or Lone Starbelly or Lonestar Belly); Wagon Mavens; Two x Southwest; Eat Prey Love.

I need names for ladies perfume: Fickle; Bombshell; Sway; Rollick; Swoon; Swizzle; Pothos (good one — one of Aphrodite’s erotes); Now; Stay; Starry Night; Connection. See also the old old Wordlab archival list of 828 Fragrance Names.

Happy Wordlabbing, everyone!


Welcome to the newly redesigned Wordlab!

Wordlab has had a makeover! And not just a cosmetic one, but a functional one as well. Most importantly, we have a brand new Forum, and we’ve removed all the confusing and distracting Groups and Activity Streams. This means, for users of the old Wordlab, that you must sign up all over again for a new account. Sorry about that, but we wanted to have a fresh, clean start. You can still browse the OLD Forums here.

Learn more about us and how to get started using Wordlab on our About page. Now, let’s jump right into the action on our Naming Projects forum, below (you can view all of our Forums here).


Disrupt or be disrupted (or yawn) — one buzzword to rule them all

Linguist Geoff Nunberg has a great piece on NPR’s Fresh Air today about what must be the most over-used buzzword in business today: Disrupt / Disruptor / Disruption. Here are some juicy excerpts:

Buzzwords feed off their emotional resonances, not their ideas. And for pure resonance, “disruptive” is hard to beat. It’s a word with deep roots…. One way or another, the word evokes obstreperous rowdies, the impatient people who are always breaking stuff. It says something that “disrupt” is from the Latin for “shatter.”

Disrupt or be disrupted. The consultants and business book writers have proclaimed that as the chronic condition of the age, and everybody is clambering to be classed among the disruptors rather than the disruptees…. These days, people just use “disruptive” to mean shaking things up, though unlike my kindergarten teacher, they always infuse a note of approval….

The wonder is that “disruptive” is still clinging to life out there. There’s a market in language, too, and jargon starts to lose its market share when its air of novelty fades. “Thought leader,” “change agent” and “disruption,” too — as the words get stale, they’re in line to be disrupted themselves by scrappy new buzzwords that can once again convey an illusion of fresh thinking. That’s why jargon always has to replenish itself, the same way slang does — though like slang, it takes a while to work its way from the cool kids’ table to the outskirts of the lunchroom. It wouldn’t be surprising if some people are still saying “disruptive” a decade or two from now. After all, there are still people saying “far out” and wearing those big 1970s eyeglasses, too. The only difference is that slang owns up to being no more than a matter of fashion, while jargon always has to pretend that it’s something else.

Let’s hope this helps bring about the disruption of the ubiquity of Disruption!

Listen to the full story — very entertaining, and spot-on:


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

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: Continue reading “Marijuana Strain Names: The Mondo Gigando List of Dopey Names, Bud” »


150 Funny Baseball / Softball Team Names

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… Continue reading “150 Funny Baseball / Softball Team Names” »


New Fantasy Name Generator

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.


Wordboard: names for skincare & cosmetics lines

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!


Wordboard: names for a coffee / candy store

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


A few band names for you to bandy about

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.)


The Strange Poetic Beauty of Redacted Chimp

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.


Telmetale of Stem or Stone

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


Here comes Zinzin

Set your brand free. I have just launched a new naming agency, Zinzin, that creates powerful product and company names to propel and differentiate brands beyond their competition. We help elevate a company’s messaging above the generic brand chatter that clogs cultural discourse.

At Zinzin, we believe that creating powerful names is both a science, for which we have a rigorous, battle-tested process, and an art, for it is the art and poetry of great names that separate brands from their uninspired competition. Great names become brands that foster emotional engagement with their audience, and these are the names we are passionate about.

The Zinzin website has many features to help you get a handle on the naming process, including the Naming Guide and Manifesto PDFs available for free download.

Wordlab will continue to be a great free naming and branding resource for people and small companies who can’t afford to hire a naming firm. For companies in need of professional naming and branding services, Zinzin is here for you.

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @ZinzinLive.