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
Andromeda Thinking Scenes
Wedding Pro Functions
Lucky Silver Team
Scenario By Enchantment
Big E Gurus
Pomp Planning Connection
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:
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:
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: (more…)
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:
Ice Cold Pitchers
Scratch & Sniff
Sons of Pitches
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… (more…)
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.
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 =)
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!
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!!
Bean Me Up
Beans & BonBons
BonBons & Beans
Jellies and Java
Le Bon Bean
Lumps and Brewses
Sipp & Nibble
The Candy Grinder
The Caffeine Confectionary
The Jumping Bean
The Sweet Life
The Sweet Shop Coffee House
Treat & Bean
Here are ten doozies from Wordlab’s archival Rock Band Names list:
- Lolipop Flower
- Splinter Kiss
- Paint By Numbers
- The Fidget
- Wartime Recipes
- Electric Furrytown
- 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.)
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.
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:
Tell me, tell me, tell me, elm! Night night! Telmetale of stem or
stone. Beside the rivering waters of, hitherandthithering waters
~James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, p.216 lines 2-5
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.
Since Halloween is here, it’s time to once again face our fears and contemplate our scary neighbor to the north, Canada. In honor of the Halloweenery that has engulfed North America on this festive Day Before the Day of the Dead, we offer a primer on some of the more esoteric Halloween traditions unique to the land up north:
In Canada people welcome trick-or-treators by placing pumpkins called jack-o’-lanterns in their windows.
Also in Canada it is bad luck for a black cat to cross your path, enter your home, or even enter your ship.
In Canada people give trick-or-treaters sweets to make sure they are not played a trick on.
Children make Jack-o’-lanterns for hallowe’en.
Dressing up as witches, ghosts and beasts for trick-or-treating is done also.
I know, I know, it sounds like Jabberwocky to us readers in the USofA, and seems to make no sense whatsoever. You’ll just have to trust my sources that in Canada it’s all perfectly logical.
So, a Happy Halloween to you then, eh?
BONUS MATERIAL: As an extra quasi-holiday featurette, I’ve created the following poem, “Canadian Halloween”, from the 69 words quoted above, put into random order using a random number generator:
CANOLA INHALED ANEW
they sweets path a In trick-or-treaters trick
as make is people enter make
by your is called Canada
cat luck and jack-o’-lanterns black
not home your it done in your for hallowe’en
even their for your to Children in played
In Also or on also
placing sure ship up are Dressing welcome
give to a bad beasts
ghosts windows cross for
Stained, glaucous, glycerine, gold, goat, clover
gold, local, stocks, type, food, wild, national, lake, flag,
valve, gyroscope, sect
heat, helium, lead, bare, state, invention, medieval
refraction, faction, ultra-action,
hunter, interest, bullet, market…
Loads, liquids, neon, heater, jaws, jungle
mains, signal, knives, kitchen
ingot, lovely, mirror, mold
Mycenaean, moat, poppy, rubber,
radar, rags, sugar, teak
silver, poke, tin, beetroot,
carrot, ebony, fruit, copper, silk…
Carpet, distant, pigmy, hid, pack,
timber, pudding, straw
raindrops, spattering, ramps
chameleon, prairie, pods, trigger
museum, scales, square, ultra, out of map, vent
volcano, vain, wreck, tactic
tidal, arches, valley, hand
inflect, impression, loom, last, molten
you gamma, meeting
lighting, signal, island, coral-cold
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.