11.18.2005

Aoide

As I was talking to my mother last night she said:

“I just think that it is great that you got a fish. Other than rock and roll, beer, and cigarettes what are you committed to? Now you are committed to a living thing.”
I really think that quote should stand on its own.

In other fish related news, I am thinking about naming my fish Aoide the muse of song, but I am not quite sure how to pronounce it. While I realize that this might be one of the more pretentious things that I have done, no small feat, I do like the name and it is my fish. Also, it has the added benefit of being a female name which I believe is a step towards what my mother is implying.

9 comments:

  1. No offense Charles, but that is the worst name for a fish I've ever heard.

    But then, I am the son of a man who once came up with the name "Ethel Mermaid" for a goldfish. So maybe my standards are just too high.

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  2. for some reason Ione Skye came to my mind. you should name it that.

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  3. You see, I don't think that "Ethel Mermaid" is that great a name. It might garner a chuckle at first, but then you are stuck with a pet whose name evokes a voice that I find frankly kinda irritating.

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  4. While being pretentious, why not "A Hearbreaking Fish of Staggering Genius"? You could call him Ahfosg for short!

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  5. My word verification for that last comment was "WZONCH". That's a pretty good name, right?

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  6. okay, I've been holding back hoping that you'd come up with something. . .and it really didn't have to be that good either. But Aoide, like tommy says, "is the worst name for a fish ever." Hands down. . .hell, hands up too, and why not even hands slappin' your ass 'cause you actually considered calling it Aoide. The problem with goldilocks is that she ain't no freakin' panda. pandas, much like sticks of butter, are cute and cuddly. When Butterstick made a sound for the first time on camera, everyone and their mother watching the news, even the cold hearted one that pushed out cheney, said, "Aw, so cute." The bottom line is that goldfish are decoration not pets. NO One says, "oh my god your goldfish is the cutest, I gotta get one just like that. By the way what's it's name?" And if you were to reply to that question with ahem, "um uh, I call it. . .(whisper)Aoide," You'd probably get the what-the-fuck-are-you-on face that usually brings any conversation regardless of worth to an abrupt halt. Do you want to be that guy? Though the comparison is bad, do you remember the election party over by the cathedral, when one of the political elites attending recognized tommy as "the guy who made that tasteless anti-semitic joke?" That could be you if you name that fish aoide. name it "shannon the dead girl from lost". That's where the fish is going anyway, right?

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  7. And do you really want to make a fish your Muse? You'll be composing Musak in no time. . .

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  8. Anonymous9:20 PM

    Hey Charles,
    Now that people have dished out enough irritating comments about the name of your fish(I like the name Aoide, I think it it is the name of a strong enabled woman) I'll answer the question you asked. I'm pretty sure it's pronounced Ay-oh-eed. Glad to help!
    ~ Complete Stranger

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  9. The final 'e' is long. See here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aoide&

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