Two recent Zippy strips:
Archive for the ‘Names’ Category
In the Beautiful Farmyard set, a card for the lionhead rabbit:
(This one is gray; they come in many colors.)
Lionhead rabbit is one of the newer breeds of domestic rabbits in the United States … The Lionhead rabbit has a wool mane encircling the head, reminiscent of a male lion, hence the name.
… The Lionhead rabbit originated in Belgium. It is reported to have been produced by breeders trying to breed a long coated dwarf rabbit by crossing a miniature Swiss Fox and a Belgian dwarf. This resulted in a genetic mutation causing wool to appear around the head and on the flanks. This gene has come to be known as the “mane” gene. (Wikipedia link)
“A cross between a Swiss Fox and a Belgian dwarf”: beautiful.
In my packet of Beautiful Farmyard images recently, one of a Campbell drake, a male Campbell duck. Another image, with the duck perched on one leg and with its head folded back:
According to Beautiful Farmyard,
Active ducks, Campbells prefer foraging to brooding.
Note the ambiguity of the verb brood here.
From several sources recently, news of the battle by the band The Slants to register their name for trademark protection in the U.S. Here’s an NPR story, “Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name ‘The Slants’ “, and a brief thoughtful piece ”The Slants v, the USPTO” by Mark Liberman on Language Log.
The Slants have been up against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for some four years now (an earlier report appeared on this blog here). At issue is a U.S. statute that bars granting registration to a name that “consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter”; USPTO objects to “Slants” on the ground that it is a disparaging term for people of Asian descent. The band has taken various legal tacks over the years; the current case (in a federal circuit court) relies on appealing to the First Amendment, arguing that the USPTO rulings deny the benefits of trademark on the basis of the content of the Slants’ speech.
Neurology is different in Dingburg.
Then there’s the name Pons Varoli.
Today’s Zippy, with preposterous names for pinheads and references to commercial products (plus a diner):
Kindle Paperwhite, Mojito Rockaway, and Yahoo Supercomputer at the Polka Dot Diner. With the Esso Drop Girl in the last panel.
From Desmond Tutu’s NYT op-ed piece “In Africa, Seeking a License to Kill” yesterday:
Without this court [the International Criminal Court], there would be no brake on the worst excesses of these criminals [like Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast]. And these violent leaders continue to plague Africa: the Great Lakes, Mali, northern Nigeria and Egypt all give reason for concern. Perpetrators of violence must not be allowed to wriggle free.
What caught my eye was the Great Lakes, which was new to me in connection with Africa, but obviously was familiar to Tutu.
Recently on Facebook, Paul Langman posted a photo of a mountain ash tree near his home in northern Japan. At this time of the year, the trees are covered with their bright fruits: