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Mat Bowles ([personal profile] matgb) wrote2008-07-29 10:48 pm

The naming of the Ka

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.

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:08 pm (UTC)(link)
McGruder wants to put extra ticks next to Barney = bad, evil and wrong.

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

[identity profile] yuxonomei.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] yuxonomei.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh.

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.

[identity profile] bibliophile1887.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:36 pm (UTC)(link)
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.
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[personal profile] hollymath 2008-07-30 08:26 am (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] purplecthulhu.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
You're doomed - you know that don't you?

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, yes he is >:D

[identity profile] pickwick.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
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? ;)

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I have no clue about Drut, nothing to do with me.

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

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

It also spells turd backwards. Yoj!

[identity profile] pickwick.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
DOH! I knew I should know that.

[identity profile] springhazsprung.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
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.

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

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

[identity profile] springhazsprung.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
Allergic to chocolate?! Oh you poor, poor woman :(

[identity profile] freddiefraggles.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
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

[identity profile] davegodfrey.livejournal.com 2008-07-29 11:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Why is Ka-aaaahn!!! not on this list?

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
OMG!!! You're so right!! How did I not think of THAT?

* flagellates self *

[identity profile] tyrell.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 07:28 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome :)
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[identity profile] sylo-tode.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
In Boston, they're all called Kahs.
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[personal profile] hollymath 2008-07-30 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
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!
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[personal profile] hollymath 2008-07-30 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] caseytalk.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
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?

[identity profile] beach-girl01.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-08-03 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)
He has seen the video, he just has the memory of a goldfish.

[identity profile] alex-wilcock.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
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).

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-08-03 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Judge Cal is ace.

[identity profile] curlywhirly.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
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*

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

[identity profile] theoldcatlady.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] spiral-solution.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 08:08 am (UTC)(link)
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.
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[identity profile] anisiriusmagus.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 10:11 am (UTC)(link)
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).
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[identity profile] strangefrontier.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 04:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I GIVE INANIMATE OBJECTS NAMES BECAUSE THEY ARE MY FRIENDS.

[identity profile] spiral-solution.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
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!!!!!!!!!

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

[identity profile] js84.livejournal.com 2008-07-30 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
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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.

[identity profile] rhythmaning.livejournal.com 2008-08-01 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)
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?