Friday Free For All – Name Calling?

Today, I present you with a collection of odd thoughts and trivia that have popped into my head. So there ya go…

It’s September. You know what that means, right? *points at meme in the corner* Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Whiskey Fox. Alphabets. Y’all know that the military and first responders use a “phonetic” alphabet because voices don’t always enunciate words and so many words/letters sound alike, especially on the radio and with all the regional accents we got goin’ on. So, for the military, it’s Able,Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf/, Hotel, India,  Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform,  Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu. Stick with me here. I AM going somewhere with this. As a rule, cops and first responders use a different alphabet, using names: Adam, Boy, Charles, David, Edward, Frank, George, Henry, Ida, John, King, Lincoln, Mary, Nora, Ocean, Paul, Queen, Robert, Sam, Tom, Union, Victor,William, X-ray, Young, Zebra.

With me so far? Hang in there for another minute. Now, most of you know I’m married to a former US Army officer, and I’ve worked both in the fire service and with law enforcement. So yeah, I speak the language. I also happen to be a big fan of “On Patrol Live,” the reincarnation of “Live PD.” It’s a reality-based TV series where cameras ride around with law enforcement offivers and its broadcast live, where it’s predecssor “COPS” was filmed and edited.  Now, keep hanging, I’m almost to my point. Up above, I just stuck in two words. Whiskey Fox. Which is sort of military shorthand. A cop on one of the episodes called in a description, and said “Whiskey Fox.” Which stnads for “White Female.” I’m cracking up and then Iffy, my Muse, pokes me in the stomach and says, “Stop that! And write it down. Because what a freaking awesome name is that for a character?!?! Whiskey Foxx. Oh, hell to the yes it is! 

And now you’re sitting there scratching your heads going, “Well, that’s five miutes of my life I won’t get back.” Tough. I thought it was funny and yes, in some future book–likely a Nightrider story–there will be a heroine with the name Whiskey Foxx. And no. She will NOT be an exotic dancer, though…yeah, people might just assume that she is.

Sometimes, real names are better than made up names we authors create for our characters. Like Cutter Pryde. He’s a real person. And I totally want to steal HIS name for a character.

So, I heard an interview with a college football coach about the expanding playoff systems. “I could care less. Really. I could care less.” Dude, that means that you totally care but you are tying to come off like it doesn’t matter. “I couldn’t care less” is supposed to mean that you don’t care are all. Or does it? These two phrases put my brain on the hamster wheel. “I could care less” means that it IS possible for you to not care as much as you already do, because like, you already care a great deal.  Right? “I couldn’t care less” means that you don’t care at all and therefore it is impossible to care less than you already do. Or does it? Does it actually mean you care too much and therefore can NOT care less? See? What if they actually mean the same thing? Gah! Now I have a headache.

And yes, I have cheat sheets for stuff like that, along with effect/affect, lay/lie, and other confusing words. My bugaboo is “it’s” and “its.” Yes, the former is the contraction for “it is” while the latter is the possesive, as it something belonging to it. But possessives have apostrophes. And yes, I have to run a search on a finalized manuscript and look at every dang use of the work. Takes forever and I still manage to miss some. And now my headache is back.

On that note, I’ll leave you to your regularly scheduled Friday. What’s in a name? And what words/phrases make you crazy? Have a great weekend!



About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Friday Free For All – Name Calling?

  1. I love the idea of Whiskey Foxx. I have an unfinished mystery where the heroine’s name is Jordan Almond. (Her parents were hippies and changed their last name from Allman.) She’s a PI. Her foil on the police department is ‘Chicago’ Rivers. I also had the idea of introducing a dude named Russett Burbank (after the potatoes).

    I’m one of the people who say ‘I could care less’ – like ‘I don’t care at all now, but if you keep on talking, I could care less.’ Get it? Less than nothing… burn. :shrug: My mom says it the same way, so I come by it honestly. ;o)

    ‘Mybad’ drives me nuts. But life’s too short, so now I use it as a joke and say it in a funny voice. And Hubs laughs.

    • Silver James says:

      I had friends who had a Siamese cat that was an absolute terror. The creature would sit on top of the piranha aquarium (yes, they were odd folks!) and dangle one paw in the water. When the piranha would come to feed, the cat whapped it on the nose. The cat’s name? Mybad. 🤣 My bad ranks right up there with “Sorry. Not Sorry” in meaning. LOL And you know me and names. Sade Marquis, George Bailey, and Alice Cooper–all from the Penumbra Papers series. Sometimes I just can’t help myself!

  2. Kathy B. says:

    Happy Friday Silver. My crazy word phrase is “its six of one, half a dozen of the other”. Drives my crazy and some days it is not a far trip!!! Speaking of Nightriders, could the next book be about the Russian please? Can’t wait to read his story and what kind of woman makes him moonstruck! Keep smiling and have a great weekend.

    • Silver James says:

      Uhm…🙋🏼‍♀️ guilty. I’ve been known to use that phrase. I’m not sure when the Russian’s book will get done but his mate has already been introduced. *bwahaha* She’s been mentioned in a couple of the books as a VERY MINOR character. And yes, I AM a big ol’ tease! I will say that theirs will not be an easy path and that I do have a handful of scenes already written but nothing that is anywhere close to getting finished. Next four books are the Moonstruck Wolf books that are being revised and re-released from “Kindle World” days. Then a Hard Target book, then Moonstruck Mafia: Boston. Maybe. I need to get a Nightrider book in there, along with another Penumbra Papers book. Ack! So many books, so little brain space and time! On that note, I’d better get more coffee and get to work!

      • Kathy B. says:

        Thank you for answering me! 😊 I will look forward to your other books, that will give me stories until the Russian is ready. 😁 You are a very talented author, thank you for giving us such great stories!

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