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

October 24, 2012 in Names/Naming by snark

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
Blockhead
Blue Velvet
Brainwreck
Buddha’s Sister
Cat Piss
Chemo
Dirty Harry
Dogshit
Dumpster
First Lady
Floater
Headcheese
Jesus
KGB
La Nina
Pit Bull
Reclining Buddha
Redhaired Sonja
Sabertooth
Stonehenge
Stuporsonic
Superglue
Taco
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 in Names/Naming by snark

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
Dirtyball
Hazmat Suitors
Hit Squad
Ice Cold Pitchers
Master Blasters
Multiple Scoregasms
Ponytail Express
Scratch & Sniff
Screwballs
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 in Names/Naming, Wordlab, Wordlab Names by snark

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 in Names/Naming, Wordlab Names by snark

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
Cheeky
Clearskin
Clensecloths
DermiCream
DermiDown
Fresh Face
Gleam
Liquid Pore
Liquid Silk
Liquid Skin
Liquid Velvet
Moonbeam
Pore Choice
Pore Girl
Pore Gold
Pore Guy
Pore Partner
Pore Power
PorePads
Qleen
Sea Breeze Facial Wash
Silkia
Smootch
Zit-be-gone

Cosmetics:

Bliss
Equity
Flight
Penelope
Plumage
Sketch
Skin In A Bottle
Sparkle
Sutra
Thin Air Cosmetics
Tickle
Twinkle

Skincare / Cosmetics Pairings:

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

Taglines:

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 in Names/Naming, Wordlab Names by snark

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
Bubbleshop
Candimental
Candy Cafe
Chewy Brewy
Dandy’s
Hubby’s Cafe
Jellies and Java
Jumpy’s
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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Here comes Zinzin

November 2, 2011 in Branding, Names/Naming by snark

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.

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Get ready for an explosion of branded Internets

June 20, 2011 in Culture / History, Names/Naming by snark

Whatever you think about the domain name system, it’s been pretty effective in allowing the World Wide Web to expand so rapidly over the past two decades. And for most companies, “.com” has been THE place to park your brand. But that may all change soon.

ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is the non-profit, global coordinator of the Internet’s naming system. ICANN’s global Internet regulators met today in Singapore to “finalize rules for a major expansion of ‘generic top-level domains,’ that will clear the way for new offerings like .law, .coke or .nyc. Sites with those endings are expected to start rolling out late next year.” CNN.com tells the story in Forget .com, here’s .coke:

“Today’s decision will usher in a new Internet age,” said Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN’s Board of Directors. “We have provided a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration.”

Now, before you get all excited and start dreaming of registering “.wordlab” or “.snark” domain names, note the “gotcha”:

Crawford thinks dot-brand sites will be a hit with major companies. In addition to marketing benefits, they could help on the security front: HSBC, for example, could tell customers that a purported HSBC site isn’t legitimate unless it ends in .hsbc. And a company like Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) could market products at cellphones.verizon and store locations at losangeles.verizon.

But these benefits don’t come cheaply — or easily. ICANN charges at $185,000 per domain application, which Crawford says typically must include about 150 pages of policy documents.

Technical setup takes another $100,000 or so, he says, and upkeep can cost an additional $100,000 each year.

So there you have it — only “major companies” who can afford the cost and regulatory overhead will be able to buy into this, and the result will likely be more brand clutter and confusion, with new domains like .coke, .pepsi, .verizon, .hsbc flooding the Internet with millions more corporate websites. No longer would users just go to coke.com to find out — wait, why do users go there? — whatever they need to find out, but potentially there might be thousands of separate .coke sites. Any large company could basically build its own Internet now — imagine a self-contained, Chromewashed .google empire. And forget about just one “iCloud” for Apple — they could create a mega-cloud of .apple websites.

In addition to companies, non-profits, NGO’s, citizen groups, artists and any sort of non-corporate entity that can raise the funds could also create its own self-contained micro-Internet. Imagine legions of fans registering .gaga, .bieber, .kanye or .diddy domains for their fanblogs, with all that registration money going directly to the artists instead of GoDaddy. That is, if there’s anyone left who wants to have their own website, when a Facebook page is probably all they need. We’ll see.

It’s enough to make your head spin. And in the not-too-distant future, people will misplace websites and domains the way they misplace car keys. Honey, where did you park my files? Was it at cloud.apple, icloud.apple, app.apple, cloudapp.apple, cumulus-cloud.apple, docs.google, mydocs.google or vault.amazon?

Of course, there will be apps to help you remember where you put your digital life. Oh-yes-there-will-be.apps.

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New Team name generator added

April 20, 2011 in Names/Naming, Wordlab by snark

If you are looking to name a real or fantasy sports team, or a charity, academic or business team, or any other kind of team, Wordlab’s free Team Name Generator will deliver 16,703,520 of them to you one at a time, at the push of a magic button.

I just tested it for my own team name, and here are some of the beauties I came away with:

North Stucco Stumblers
Lucky Chillers
Hopping Steel Chameleons
Headless Turf Monkeys
Stealth Hillbillies
Macho Fire Strikers
Gritty Metal Aftermath
Bouncing Chemical Wheelers
Tri-City Green Wasps
Phat Vampires
Irrational Space Zealots
Pastel Beige Miltons
Hot Desert Crawlers
Tripping Silverbacks
Grunting Day Rats
Tainted City Burnouts
Giant Marsh Groundhogs
Hard Red Prawns
The Chemical Beancounters
Random Surf Rappers
The Champagne Patsies
Noble Longhairs
Limping Bush Hackers

If you need help with a specific team naming project and the Team Name Generator isn’t quite working out for you, sign up for a free Wordlab membership and post a New Topic to the Sports Team Names group Forum, and members of the Wordlab community will jump in and help you beat your arch rivals to a better team name. And see all the other name generators on our Name Generators page.

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Inside the process of creating the title of a novel

April 11, 2011 in Literature, Names/Naming by snark

As part of James Salter month at the Paris Review, the journal’s blog has posted some of Salter’s notes and scribblings, documenting a little bit of his process coming up with the title for his 1975 novel Light Years: “At every magazine or publishing house, there’s always an editor or two with a knack for titles. But even so, rarely does one come in a flash of divine inspiration. There are iterations and themes and the same words written over and over. Here is a glimpse of what James Salter’s process was like with his 1975 novel Light Years…. Salter seems so close at points, circling back to light and years, sometimes on the same page but not always the same line, ranking his favorites and weighing the opinions of others.” (Click through for more images.)

James Salter Light Years title optionsReally James, Estuarial Years didn’t merit a strike-through? The Tortoise must have liked it…

Salter might have benefited from the input of Wordlabbers if only he’d traveled a few decades into the future and posted a new Topic in our Publications Forum.

Attention authors: give Wordlab a try for novel titles, non-fiction book titles, short story titles, and even character names. (Via The Paris Review via Flavorpill)

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Celebrating great names: Chardonnay Hooker

July 31, 2010 in Culture / History, Names/Naming by snark

I was briefly watching the local news last night, which I rarely do, and I caught a glimpse of this interview during a story about Southern California wildfires:

Chardonnay Hooker

Now that’s a great name! Like a Bond Girl. And kudos to Chardonnay for not being shy about having it and putting herself out there. And good luck battling those wildfires!

For the rest of us who aren’t so lucky namewise, here is a Bond Girl name generator to help spice up our personal nomenclature. My Bond Girl names are Tawnie Small and Yoko Dos, both of which I quite like.