This week’s jam: Mary, Jo, Lisa

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Since written history began, and as far back as oral history reaches, people have had names. Early names were based on nouns and adjectives – the Irish Gaelic names Conan (hound, wolf) and Aed (fire) – while others were based on compounds – the Frankish names Sigibert (victory­shining), Childeric (battle­powerful), Fredegund (peace­battle) and Radegund (counsel­battle).

Nowadays, almost anything goes when it comes to naming your child. While Amelia and Oliver remain the UK’s most popular baby names, unusual choices have become commonplace. At least three people in America last year called their children Nivea, Simba and Rhythm while there are kids growing up in the States called Mahogany, Audi, Anthem, Bender, Patch, Wolf and Zeppelin.

There are even three children called Agape: presumably the first instances of calling your child after the facial reaction of the person you tell their name to.

Calling your partner Barnabus in a scene informs their character in a different way then if you called them Terry. An Edith is different to a Kaylee-Ann and a Mr Fortescue-Smyth is different to ‘big John’.

So, this week, let’s help our scene partners find inspiration in a name. Once you’ve had your word for inspiration your one mission is to name your scene partner in the opening line of dialogue. That is all. Let’s imbue our partners with some appropriate but wonderful monikers and see where that takes us.

Thursday 22 October 2015

7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St

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