Archive for the ‘Names’ Category

Initialisms, raunchy and not

July 2, 2015

An image posted by actor/director Chris Pratt on his Facebook page:


The initialistic abbreviation BJ stands for Beijing here, but of course blowjob will come first to many people’s minds — even though then the t-shirt should go

I ♥︎

And there are more possibilities; it’s in the nature of abbreviations to be multiply ambiguoua.


Very briefly: Clementa Pinckney

June 26, 2015

Tucked in among other coverage of Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston SC religious and political leader cut down absurdly young in the recent massacre there, is some information about the source of his first name (pronounced like Clemente): he was named after the baseball player Roberto Clemente, who was black and Puerto Rican, a fine man as well as a fine ballplayer, and something of a genuine hero. See my appreciation in a 5/11/06 Langage Log posting on “The hispanicization of American baseball …”

Morning name: La Bayadère

June 23, 2015

Yesterday’s morning name, for a ballet. From Wikipedia:

La Bayadère (en. The Temple Dancer) … is a ballet, originally staged in four acts and seven tableaux by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus. La Bayadère was first performed by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 4 February [O.S. 23 January] 1877. A scene from the ballet, known as The Kingdom of the Shades, is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet.

Today, La Bayadère is presented primarily in two different versions — those productions derived from Vakhtang Chabukiani and Vladimir Ponomaryov’s 1941 revival for the Kirov Ballet, and those productions derived from Natalia Makarova’s 1980 version for American Ballet Theatre, which is itself derived from Chabukiani and Ponomaryov’s version.

… Petipa’s La Bayadère … tells the story of the bayadère Nikiya and the warrior Solor, who have sworn eternal fidelity to one another.

Very brief excerpts from a Bolshoi performance here:

Morning Zorn

June 21, 2015

It was a morning name many days ago, but it led in so many interesting directions that I’m just now getting to post about it: Zorn’s Lemma, a remnant of my days in logic and set theory (now almost entirely forgotten).

From the lemmatist Max August Zorn, with a brush against his newspaperman grandson Eric, to Max’s wife Alice, on to the amazing musician John Zorn (no known relation to any of the above), and then to James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks.


My hard-on belongs to Daddy

June 21, 2015

(Warning: men’s bodies and man-man sex discussed in plain language, though explicit photos are on AZBlogX, not here. There’s also some suggestive straight sexual material. In any case, not for the kiddies or the sexually modest.)

The slogan comes from a Channel 1 Releasing (gay porn studio) ad for Fathers Day, today, featuring daddy – boy films; it’s a play on the song title “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” (more on this below). A cropped shot from one such film, the 2011 Catalina flick Daddy It Hurts!:


Morning: Vic Hitler (and Terry Kiser)

June 12, 2015

This morning’s name was Vic Hitler: a doubly unfortunate character in the tv show Hill Street Blues. Hitler was a comedian (an occupation that fit disastrously with his name) who suffered from narcolepsy and so was inclined to suddenly fall asleep in the middle of a performance. (Just writing this makes me giggle, after all these years.)

Hitler was played by Terry Kiser, an actor with a long career who, especially in his early years, was easily recognizable; it was those remarkable eyes:



June 11, 2015

(Not much on language, but some male eye-candy.)

Just viewed on tv, a 2003 Smallville episode “Prodigal”, with an actor credited as Paul Wasilewski playing an intense Lucas Luthor. During the course of the episode, the actor shows off his body in an exercise routine — looking roughly like this:


A serious hunk who works out and is proud of the result.

A while after this, the actor changed his stage name (for obvious reasons), to Paul Wesley, and continued an intense workout program, shaping a seriously ripped (and bulked-up) body for himself:



June 10, 2015

Today’s Zippy, continuing the story of Lazlo Crannich:

To remind you: Lazlo Crannich is an actor who performs the character of Zippy the Pinhead: when you see Zippy in public, you’re actually seeing Lazlo, and who knows where the real Zippy is or what he’s doing. So Lazlo is a kind of double — a permanent double, so to speak. Lazlo has a (very constrained) private life under his own name, which we catch glimpses of in the strip, but Zippy’s private life is forever invisible to us. It’s a kind of magic irrealism., a counterpart to the literary magic realism I write about here every so often.

In my own fiction writing about two people called Sundance and Butch, there’s a good bit of magic realism, plus a lot of play on identities, names, and the performance of characters.


Guys in Heat

June 8, 2015

(Warning: this is a posting, often in very plain language, about gay porn flicks, the actors in them, their bodies, and the sex acts the pornstars engage in. Visually not X-rated — those images are on AZBlogX — but far from innocent. Not for the kiddies or the sexually modest. There’s a fair amount about language in there, but there’s a lot to offend the sensitive.)

Unearthed on my desktop, this playful cock-tease photo of the engaging Christopher Ash (a.k.a. Tony Bendanza and Tony Bandanza):


A word about how the photo got onto my desktop and why I’m posting about it now.

Then about Ash, body types, and sociotypes, and the porn flick Guys in Heat.


Join in their penguin games

June 7, 2015

Advertised in several places (I saw it in the NYRB), a children’s game called Pengoloo (maybe a portmanteau of penguin and igloo, though there are no igloos in the game):

From the makers, on

Go on an eggs-pedition with this enchanting memory game for children. Detailed wooden playing pieces transport you to the South Pole where our quirky little penguins are ready to play with you! Roll the dice and look for the matching colored eggs underneath the penguins. A good memory and a little luck will help you be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win! Pengoloo includes 12 penguins, 12 eggs, 4 scoring icebergs and 2 dice. [ages 4 and up]

One of those games that little kids are often better at than adults — and that’s a good thing.


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