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So, the purchase of the Ka has provoked much discussion here and elsewhere[1] (bunch of petrolheads and weirdoes), and Jennie has decided that she wants to name it[2]. She has a preferred option[3]. I'm not too keen[4]. So I thought I'd enlist some help from you lot[5]. There now follows a poll[6]:
[Poll #1231865]
I mean, seriously, why would you want to give your car a name, let alone a silly pun? Oh, wait, I'm in Yorkshire, it's Jennie. Combine the two and I'm doomed, aren't I?

Oh, the other scary thing? She went to the post office today to pay her wage in, and I met her at Sainsbury's to do some shopping. She'd bought a copy of the Highway Code and some L plates. Be afraid...

[1] A friends locked post at her personal journal.
[2] It's a really stupid idea of a name.
[3] I mean it, really really stupid.
[4] I hate it.
[5] Help me oh friends list, you're my only hope.
[6] As always, non-LJers will need to login with an OpenID or create an LJ account to vote.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
McGruder wants to put extra ticks next to Barney = bad, evil and wrong.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I never really named any of my cars though my last one had a nice number plate name "ABE".

Date: 2008-07-29 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She'd bought a copy of the Highway Code and some L plates. Be afraid...

*cries laughing*

Come on, she won't be that bad. She can ride a motorbike, yes.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I see your point very clearly.

My ex-husband made me get out and walk home after the one and only time he gave me a lesson.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, you have my sympathies. I tried to teach my sister how to drive my car several years ago (she never learned how to drive a manual transmission) and when she pulled up to stop, my clutch was smoking.

And now I get to teach my fiancé how to drive a manual transmission, too. Joy.

Date: 2008-07-30 08:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
My mom still can't drive a stick (manual, which I know is standard here but it's not in the US) and swears this is because my dad tried to teach her. My dad insists she can't drive it because she thinks it's okay to go straight from third to first gear...

Mom says married people shouldn't try to teach each other anything. :) I'm kind of amazed I didn't end up with even weirder ideas about things like marriage than I have.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're doomed - you know that don't you?

Date: 2008-07-29 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, yes he is >:D

Date: 2008-07-29 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ka-9, perhaps. I would have fun going "Ulrika-Ka-Ka-Ka-Ka!" for about three days and then get annoyed. Starbug would have been great if it was green, but Just Wrong for a purple car.

What's "drut"? I've only seen it as a username on a forum, and never knew what it meant. Is it another Yorkshire thing? ;)

Date: 2008-07-29 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have no clue about Drut, nothing to do with me.

And yeah, Starbug would be great if it was green.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Drut is the spider from The Trap Door, and you sir are a philistine for not knowing!

It also spells turd backwards. Yoj!

Date: 2008-07-29 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
DOH! I knew I should know that.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's perfectly normal to name cars/other objects. I was going to NOT name my car, but pressure from my sister and friends pulled me over to the dark side, I guess. Mine is now called Edward/Eddie. It's better than my laptop's name.

Date: 2008-07-29 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PS. I'm the only one who likes Ka-dbury?? I think it works! It's the right colour too...

Date: 2008-07-29 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, yes, but I am allergic to chocolate, and thus naming it after a chocolate company would be a bad omen.

Date: 2008-07-30 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Allergic to chocolate?! Oh you poor, poor woman :(

Date: 2008-07-29 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just shurrup and get on with it. That's another Yorkshire thing you'll have to get used to as well.

/needs a Yorkshire icon

Date: 2008-07-29 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why is Ka-aaaahn!!! not on this list?

Date: 2008-07-30 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG!!! You're so right!! How did I not think of THAT?

* flagellates self *

Date: 2008-07-30 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awesome :)

Date: 2008-07-30 01:38 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
In Boston, they're all called Kahs.

Date: 2008-07-30 08:28 am (UTC)
hollymath: Selfie: white person, three-quarter profile, smiling, brown hair shaved on the side we can see, chin-length on the other (eyebrow)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
That's what I was thinking (specially of the beginning of Jaws where the guy says "It's in the yahd not fah from de kah"); in some accents there'd be no difference between Mat's two options!

Date: 2008-07-30 08:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
In most British accents, sure, but most, say, USian ones are rhotic so there'd be a big difference. I would wager that's why people are saying it sounds Bostonian; that's practically the only USian accent where Ka and car would sound similar.

Date: 2008-07-30 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1) If, as you say, SB has a preferred choice, this poll is a waste of time. She has a history of having polls when she already has made up her mind.

2) Be grateful my daughter isn't taking part in the naming. She named our car 'Vanderstyne'. It stuck, too.

3) There is no 3.

4) Perhaps SB's dad can teach her?

Date: 2008-07-30 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am reminded of a clip on youtube starring a precious girl in an amusement park car going "Get out of my way! Get out of my way!" I learned to drive in a cemetery. The irony never escaped me.

Date: 2008-08-03 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He has seen the video, he just has the memory of a goldfish.

Date: 2008-07-30 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Obviously, it’s Ka-Ligula (wot, no Ka-Tarina?).

But then I love I, Claudius and Judge Cal, and was the guy who got his local NUS Area to rename itself the Confederation of Hertfordshire and Essex Establishments of Students in Education.

Double but – as Jennie has already made up her mind, sorry, Mat, you’re doomed. Your chances are probably even less than those of Richard and Millennium not naming our next car (or of Millennium or me driving it).

Date: 2008-08-03 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Judge Cal is ace.

Date: 2008-07-30 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All of my cars/my family's cars have had female names, hence me voting against male names. The exception being my dad's red pick-up truck, called BURT - Big Ugly Red Truck.

But we have always named our cars, and we're posh southerners, dontcha know? Well, now weird Americans... whatev...

This is why I shouldn't reply to posts when I'm tired *foreheaddesk*

Date: 2008-07-30 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PS - calling it "The Ka" - just makes you sound like you are from Boston. hehehe.

Date: 2008-07-30 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right. My current caaah; a gold SUV is called, what else? Goldie.

Hubby's caaah is called Buzz Bomb.

The car I drove when our now 10 yo son was wee and which had been my mother's was called Mommy Car.

Our 1984 lumbering hulk of a tan van which seats 12 is called Thumper on account of the noise it makes though it is in good running condition; just passed inspection a fortnight ago.

Date: 2008-07-30 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ka-Ligula! Someone deserves a medal.

Matt, get used to it, women are right and inanimate objects need naming. Did you have a teddy as a child? Did it have a name? Even "Bear" counts. I rest my case.

Date: 2008-07-30 10:11 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I only suggested Ka-dbury because I know that shade of purple is SB's favourite :( I did wonder about the chocolate allergy, but there are far better names on the list.

I've never named any of my cars, but that's mostly due to lack of inspiration. Daddy-Ani always calls his Volvos something Swedish. The first one was Ingrid, the second (a gold one) was Ulrika and the current one is Agnetha (after the blonde one in Abba).

Date: 2008-07-30 04:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

Date: 2008-07-30 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Crap I can't add an answer! I didn't vote for a bad name but Matt pointed out Barney that I had somehow missed. Nooooooooo!!!!!!FAIL!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2008-07-30 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's the best name! I vote for that! But then, I like I,Claudius so what do I know?

Date: 2008-07-30 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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I'd call it the car. I wouldn't even capitalise the T in 'the'.

It's not a Yorkshire thing. Loads of people at uni named their cars. All girls I might add.

Date: 2008-08-01 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cars shouldn't have names; although my grandfather did have a Rover when I was a kid, which of course was called Rover.

And shouldn't that have been UlriKa-Ka-Ka?


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