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#226090 20-Dec-2017 07:33
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I saw this public resource consent application from Northlands:


Submissions are open until Thursday, 8 February 2018 on a notified resource consent application by Douglas Craig Schmuck.

Applicant: Douglas Craig Schmuck

The application seeks new resource consents and early replacement of existing resource consents for activities associated with Doug's Opua Boat Yard in Walls Bay, Opua.


If you're familiar with Jewish slang, "schmuck", whose its literal meaning is a vulgar Jewish term for a penis.

From the author, Michael Wex, the author of "How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck)

"Basically, the Yiddish word comes out of baby talk," according to Wex. "A little boy’s penis is a shtekl, a 'little stick'.

Shtekl became shmeckle, in a kind of baby-rhyming thing, and shmeckle became shmuck.

Shmeckle is prepubescent and not a dirty word, but shmuck, the non-diminutive, became obscene."

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  #1922277 20-Dec-2017 07:36
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My cousin refused to marry her fiance until he changed his surname to his mothers maiden name, his surname was Ramsbottom

 

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  #1922279 20-Dec-2017 07:40
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Hyphenated surnames were never going to be a starter for us. Marsh-Hogg just didn't have the right vibe to it smile


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  #1922281 20-Dec-2017 07:40
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A certain Mr. Kerr, Mr, Hunt comes to mind. 


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  #1922282 20-Dec-2017 07:42
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I saw an article the other day about reform of the copyright laws, with a quote from a lawyer associated with the NZ Screen Association called Mr Cheetham. Nearly sprayed my tea across the room when I read that. Reminded me of the classic joke about the new law firm in town - Dewey, Cheetham & How.

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  #1922284 20-Dec-2017 07:48
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On the topic of names however, Hauraki are having a competition to name their boat and I had a few ideas.

Master Baiter, Reel Nauti, Reel Wet, Nice Aft, Ship-Faced, Big Deck, Pooner Schooner.


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  #1922288 20-Dec-2017 08:02
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Lizard1977: I saw an article the other day about reform of the copyright laws, with a quote from a lawyer associated with the NZ Screen Association called Mr Cheetham. Nearly sprayed my tea across the room when I read that. Reminded me of the classic joke about the new law firm in town - Dewey, Cheetham & How.

 

To quote Homer Simpson: "You sold us out, Connover!"


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  #1922292 20-Dec-2017 08:08
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I worked in Aussie with a guy who was known on site as "Two dicks"
Later I realised his first name - Richard- could be shortened to Dick - and his surname was Dick..


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  #1922294 20-Dec-2017 08:13
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Not quite an unfortunate surname but I have a colleague whose last name is Simcox. Someone once typed his name incorrectly in a document, replacing the m with an x. We've referred to him as Mr 6 ever since.


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  #1922295 20-Dec-2017 08:13
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One of our friends worked on a helpdesk long ago. At one point she had to call one Richard Flathead about some support job or other. After first taking a few moments to mentally prepare herself, she made the call. The gentleman answered with 'Hello, Dick speaking.' She hung up immediately.





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  #1922350 20-Dec-2017 08:55
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We had a girl start at one of my jobs, surname "Cockburn", pronounced "Coburn"..... but thats not how it got pronounced at the nationwide meeting...

 

 

 

Not an unfortunate name as such, but so many people have no clue how to spell or pronounce my surname.....  





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  #1922355 20-Dec-2017 09:15
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xpd: Not an unfortunate name as such, but so many people have no clue how to spell or pronounce my surname.....

 

That's something that drives me up the wall. People take one look at mine, clearly have no idea how to say it, and proceed to butcher it instead of asking.


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  #1922369 20-Dec-2017 09:44
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A medical officer on Whenuapai years ago went by the name of Paine. His rank was Major.




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  #1922370 20-Dec-2017 09:45
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xpd:

 

We had a girl start at one of my jobs, surname "Cockburn", pronounced "Coburn"..... but thats not how it got pronounced at the nationwide meeting...

 

 

 

Not an unfortunate name as such, but so many people have no clue how to spell or pronounce my surname.....  

 

 

It was probably never originally pronounced Coburn anyway.

 

I believe that a male chicken was always called a Cock - as indeed any male bird would have been called that - but then the term got used for male genitalia so the term 'Rooster' came into being - it not sounding so rude and all.

 

According to ancestry.com:

 

Cockburn Name MeaningScottish and English (Northumberland): habitational name from a place in Berwickshire named Cockburn, from Old English cocc ‘cock’, ‘rooster’ (or the related byname Cocca) + burna ‘stream’ (see Bourne). This surname is traditionally pronounced Coburn.

 

So they should call themselves "Rooster-Stream".

 

I have an aunty named Gabrielle - she has been known most of her life as 'Gay'. Now of course you would probably not shorten to that.





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  #1922371 20-Dec-2017 09:51
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And then of course there was the actual cardinal sin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_Sin


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  #1922372 20-Dec-2017 09:56
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allan:

 

Hyphenated surnames were never going to be a starter for us. Marsh-Hogg just didn't have the right vibe to it smile

 

 

:-D

 

Almost as bad as Bush-Pigg! http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean/obituary.aspx?n=mary-l-bush-pigg&pid=147622053

 

 


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