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August 24, 2009

I do not think that word means what you think that word means...

Kate Hart
Naming is hard, whether it's your children, your pets or your characters. The proliferation of baby naming sites on the internet should make the task easier, but just like all technology, it can do the opposite. 

Case in point: The useful warnings I found on Native Languages of the Americas. Whether you are Indian, wish you were Indian, or have a Native American character you need to name, be sure to check this site first. For example:

"WEEKO: Some Internet sources claim this word means "pretty" in Dakota or Lakota Sioux. It emphatically does not. It is a slang form of wikoska and it means "venereal disease." I can only hope this 'name' was made up by some writer of Western romance novels who had no idea what it really means."


  1. Lol....that's almost as good as "Fe-mallie"!


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