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Friday, January 27, 2006

What's in a Name?

Bored with your small town name? I can relate. I've been trying to get the town fathers and muthers to change our name to "The Beach Boys" 'cause I think it would be cool. They claim we have a bay but no beach, hence the name change would make no sense. Literalists.

Meanwhile, residents of Washington, PA have chones the size of... footballs (for the duration of Superbowl), changing their name from Washington - home of the team they despise - to Steelers - the team they idolize. A crass marketing ploy to promote their picyune little burg, riding on the back of a national obsession? Of course. But what could be more American?

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