Yale University recently named two new residential colleges. Alongside this deliberation, the university also reexamined the name of the existing Calhoun College and the title of “master” in the residential colleges. After much conversation, the university reached decisions on all of these names.
Not all expecting parents are excited to name their child. For those who don’t want to decide alone, there are services to help out. CBS News recently asked Babynames.com founder and ANS Membership Officer Jennifer Moss more about name consultants.
We name our animals in so many different ways. The Cincinnati Zoo named a newly hatched penguin chick after the late David Bowie.
A two-year-old gelding destined to race in Australia has been saddled with the name ‘Horsey McHorseface’. The name is a reference to ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the leading choice in a public poll to name a British research vessel.
A British government agency let the internet name their $287 million polar research ship, and of course, the internet chose Boaty McBoatface over more dignified options.
In the second chapter of Genesis, God brings all the animals to Adam so he can give them names. Christianity Today continues the story, highlighting the tradition of naming species after famous people or fictional characters—a practice that has increased in recent years.
The four new elements, discovered by scientists in Japan, Russia and America, are the first to be added to the table since 2011. They will be officially named by the teams that discovered them in the months to come. However, chemist Dr Kat Day has put in an early bid for element 117 to be named “octarine” after Terry Pratchett’s novel The Colour of Magic. In his novel, Pratchett writes that octarine is “the King Colour, of which all the lesser colours are merely partial and wishy-washy reflections. It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself. But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple.”
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Nick Epley at the University of Chicago has been studying the effects of naming inanimate things like storms. He finds that doing so gives them human-like qualities —among them, intentionality.
A veterinarian’s survey lists the top ten names for dogs and cats in Ireland. The Irish seem way more likely to give “people names” to dogs than to cats!