Roundworld names that should be discworld names

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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Dotsie » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:14 am

You can see where Terry got his ideas, can't you? :lol:
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Fortune Clutterbuck » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:25 am

He has a genius for finding such unbelievable truths that they easily masquerade as fantasy - I've lost track of the times when I have found some real world foundation for something in Discworld and been amazed by both the fact that what I had thought to be whimsical invention is actually true, and the breadth of Terry's knowledge of recondite material
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Ziriath » Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:05 pm

One of my high school teachers was Kateřina Mrtvá, in translation: Mrs. Catherine Dead.
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby BatrickPatrick » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:48 pm

One of my classmates was telling us she was seeing a guy named Merlin. Needless to say this meant everyone instantly stopped caring about her relationship problems and just kept asking if he was a wizard.
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Fortune Clutterbuck » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:14 pm

My friend's daughter goes to school with a Merlin and a Tarquin
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:22 pm

I was in school with a boy named Florence. :lol:
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Mycroft Vimes » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:37 pm

This is a Dutch one,but it fits so well i had to post it :
Beenhakker
(I tried google translation to see what came up,but that seems to be in love with Leo Beenhakker,which just won't do :lol: ,so my best guess the english translation would be something like Legchopper.) as in :
http://www.beenhakker.nl/
(Beenhakker levert een compleet assortiment mobiliteitshulpmiddelen..
Transl to english : Legchopper supplies a complete assortment of mobility-aids...)
:doh: :mrgreen:
Might be a leftover from the days when Napoleon forced the Dutch to take on last names and a lot took their professions as surnames.
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby chris.ph » Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:40 pm

there were two boys in my village when i was growing up called thor and odin,and a girl i used to go out with in school called ursa andromeda :D
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby AgnesOgg » Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:09 pm

I see a lot of weird, oldfashioned and funny names at work, a lot of them don't translate well, but my favorite is Anna Melody, which with a very broad norwegian pronunciation sounds like you ask somone to "play another tune". Also very popular is the combination of old traditional names and a fancy foreign/mythological name; Njål Leander, Ronja Suzanne..... :?
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:25 pm

Mycroft Vimes wrote:This is a Dutch one,but it fits so well i had to post it :
Beenhakker
(I tried google translation to see what came up,but that seems to be in love with Leo Beenhakker,which just won't do :lol: ,so my best guess the english translation would be something like Legchopper.) as in :
http://www.beenhakker.nl/
(Beenhakker levert een compleet assortiment mobiliteitshulpmiddelen..
Transl to english : Legchopper supplies a complete assortment of mobility-aids...)
:doh: :mrgreen:
Might be a leftover from the days when Napoleon forced the Dutch to take on last names and a lot took their professions as surnames.

A Dutch dwarf? :lol:
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:54 pm

Going back to Praise-God Barebone - we found this reference to him. Reading the early paragraphs, he sounds very much like a Discworld character who was selected to take over from Vetinary in The Truth. :lol:

At the age of 27, in 1623, Barebone was admitted as a freeman to the Leathersellers Company of London, and in 1634 as a liveryman. While he attended to the stock and trade common to the broad functional demands made on leather in his time, his substantial property and comfort came from his successes in purveying assorted harnesses and unexpected devices (to be worn by people of a particular inclination) crafted of leather in the service of a certain aesthetic founded in sensual and "unusual" erotic applications, discussions of which were not included in genteel conversations. As well, and by reason of experience gathered in the construction of the recreational goods mentioned, Barebone began to produce and offer stout harnesses for use in bearbaiting, and later, for bullbaiting, considering these devices to answer extensions of a similar base instinctual drive as that accommodated by his somewhat less grotesque boudoir fripperies
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby chris.ph » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:36 pm

christ, did they have s&m freaks in the 1600s :shock: :shock:
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Sister Jennifer » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:51 pm

A couple of names where I work.

Clever Banda
Sunday Pam

Dunno what DW type they would fit but I like them alot.
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby LilMaibe » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:17 am

There once was a wonderful list of terms you'd think are names but aren't. Shall try to find it
On a similar note: Did you know that 'Vroom' is a legit dutch surname?
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Re: Roundworld names that should be discworld names

Postby Antiq » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:25 am

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