Any birth is accompanied by the joy of bestowing a name upon the child. So too with the birth of this page. Unlike a child, this page will bear its name prominently on its face, which heightens the solemnity of the task. Also unlike a child, this page’s name can be changed at any time. Still, I would like to choose a good one.
I have tried to do so on my own, but have been unable to settle on one. The name should be descriptive, or at least evocative, of the type of material that will be posted. This will include, but not be limited to, dull ruminations on books and music, sparkling quotations gleaned from my vast personal library, poetry, the occasional essay, ill-informed pronouncements on current events, photographs, recipes, inarticulate private disclosures, advertisements, spyware. I’d like the name to be clever and memorable, but not silly. I would prefer not to choose something of which I’ll be embarassed in a few months, or years.
This, dear reader, is where you come in (if you exist). I would like to solicit suggested names from you. If you were to have such a page of your own, what name would you give it? (Careful, I will steal the good ones.) Let your imagination run wild, but, please, nothing profane or in French.
To get things started, here are a list of eleven possible names that I have dreamed up myself. If you think any of these particularly good – or particularly awful – please leave a comment to that effect.
Of No Description: This is the current name. It has the virtue of leaving much to the imagination, which can be tantalizing. However, it feels like a placeholder. Which it is.
Our Lady’s Tumbler: I have always liked this phrase, which I think I got from Chesterton but which apparently derives from a medieval tale of le jongleur de Dieu. Mindful, however, of the prohibition of French names, let’s stick with Our Lady’s Tumbler. I like the idea of having the page dedicated, however obliquely, to Our Lady. But do I have the wit to merit this name? I have my doubts.
Homo Viator: This name has been at the top of my list for several days now. As sub-title I could take that splendid passage from The Confessions: “It is one thing to glimpse the land of peace from a wooded ridge, and another to tread the path that leads to it.”
Animus Scribendi: Words are what will fill this page, such that in time it will become a kind of monument to the spirit of writing. I like the explosive consonants of the second word, and equivocation on the first word would give me warrant for bitter vendettas against the online enemies I am sure to make.
Hebdomadal Hwæt!: This was the first name that really caught my fancy. My experience with my other pages is that I tend to make about one post each week; hence, hebdomadal. When I do make a post, I obviously want everyone to listen up and pay close attention; hence, hwæt! Thus this name is both a descriptive and an imperative. However, I am concerned that it will be too difficult to remember, will flummox the tongues of those who venture to pronounce it, and will thereby thwart the means by which I intend this space to bring me world fame (namely, word of mouth).
Cruggs’ Cudgel: Cruggs is a nickname that has been bestowed upon me by Tom Angier, and I am fond of it. A cudgel is a stick used for beating. Thus, this name accurately reflects the use which I intend to make of this page.
All Manner of Thing: At present this ranks among my top three favourites. The allusion is, of course, to Julian of Norwich, or T.S. Eliot. It has a modesty about it that I like, and would give me free rein to roam topically wherever my fancy takes me.
From a Wooded Ridge: This alludes to the passage from Augustine already quoted above. Personally I find the phrase very evocative, and it is a definite front-runner.
The Ambler: This is intended to allude, in a self-deprecating tone, to Johnson’s The Rambler, the sandals of which I am not worthy to untie. Unfortunately, there are already a fair number of Internet presences called The Ambler.
A Writer of Rohan: Truly, I cannot resist a pun.
Wine and Compline: I must stop!
Please add your suggestions and opinions to the comments!