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"Really? As in the animal/foodstuff/music genre?"
"Is that a stripper name?"
"What were your parents thinking?"
When your name is a word that is more usually a noun or adjective than a human moniker, you hear the same questions a lot. But there's a story in every name, and yours is probably a more interesting story than most.
Content note: there are a few swears in this episode. (None of the people have swear names, though.)
COOL NAMES, COOL PEOPLE:
In aphabetical order of surname, you heard from
- Peregrine Andrews. Yes, peregrine as in falcon. Peregrine is a producer and sound designer.
- Paul Bae. As in the term of affection, or Korean stomach. Paul is behind the hit fiction podcasts The Big Loop and The Black Tapes.
- Dennis Funk. As in the music genre...or the yesterday-sex-smell. Dennis makes audio and music.
- Phoebe Judge. As in a judge. Phoebe hosts the podcast Criminal, and also will judge you if you want.
- Cinnamon Nippard. Yes, as in the spice. Cinnamon is a journalist and radio producer: she's EP of stories at Kinderling, radio for children and their grown-ups, and recently produced the podcast Pretty for an Aboriginal.
- Princess Ojiaku. As in royalty. Princess is a journalist who specialises in science and health.
- Emerald Paston and Sapphire Paston. As in the jewels. Emerald produces comedy shows and wonders: is it poetry? Sapphire is busy studying for a masters degree in curating contemporary art, so better let her get on with it.
- Caspar Salmon. As in the muscular and brave fish. Caspar is a writer, and also the star of the short film Fish Story, recounting his family's fishy claim to fame.
- Steve Pretty. As in attractive or cunning. Steve is a musician and photographer, and fronts the modern brass band Hackney Colliery Band.
- Tiger Webb. As in the animal. Tiger deals with the A(ustralian)B(roadcasting)C(orporation)'s style guide, and writes very interesting articles about language.
- Loveis Wise. As in what Bertrand Russell said. Loveis is an illustrator, and she recently did a cover for the New Yorker!
The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/nounnames.
YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- This episode was produced by me and Martin Austwick, who also composes all the music for the show. You can hear his songs under the name Pale Bird.
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