I spent an inordinate amount of time this morning
alphabetizing all the pet names I received from my
pet-names post. Not entirely sure why I did this;
perhaps it's a longing for 5th grade language arts.
Or maybe it's just an O.C. thing. Anyway.
I've just completed my completely non-scientific
analysis, and here are my results:
Number of human names given to pets: 57.
What does this mean? Do we yearn for
Number of names ending in "y", "i", "ie": 32.
We love those cutesy-ootsey names,
Number of hyphenated names: 8.
Number of pets named after famous persons: 7.
(We do aggrandize these critters.)
Number of pet names that are nouns: 26.
Number of pet names that are adjectives: 7.
Number of pet names that are verbs: 7.
Number of pet names that are exclamations: 1.
("Boo"! --who took her own life at the age of
22 or 23 by throwing herself under the wheels
of a car.)
Fun with parts of speech!
Number of generic pet names: 2 --
Most original names:
Ethyl, so-named after being found at a gas station;
Prader, named after an eating disorder;
tiny-o the tiny terrorist (I don't know why).
Most unusual source of a name:
Ruby Reilly, named for the subject of pornographic letters
found under the floorboards of a house.
There were 2 Alices, 2 Georges, 3 Molly's,
And, finally, most poetic pet name:
"We let my little brother name our black and white
kitten. He said she looked just like Melting Snow on Rocks,
and that’s what he named her." --
Thanks to all who contributed to this list!
Blogging is fun!
Alice (aka Deedles, Dee, The Dee Kitten)
Ching (as in I Ching)
Ethyl (who was found at a gas station)
Flip (aka Flink)
Hickety (for here, kitty)
Johnson and Evinrude
M.E (for mouse eater)
Melting Snow on Rocks
Paris the Genius Cat
pheobe marie euphegenia
Prader (named for the disease, Prader-Willy, that requires
a lock on the fridge for uncontrolled eating, as the cat did)
Puppy (a kitten)
Ricky (his sister was Lucy)
The Evil Orlando
tiny-o the tiny terrorist
Tip (aka Notorious T.I.P., Tip O’Neill, They Call Me Mistuh Tip)
Wildman ("because he was")
Xylophone (aka Xylene)