Saturday, April 14, 2012

More, Moore, and Mooer

My maiden name is Moore.
When I was little, I didn't like my name.
First or last.

Ruth is an old lady name.
Oh, yes it is.
Come to Iowa and you will see what I mean.

Moore is just a boring name.
It is spelled different in the dictionary, but it sounds the same.
It means additional.
People say it all the time.

Now that I think about it,
are there any cool last names?
I didn't know when I was little.
I just knew mine wasn't.

When I was in first grade, the other kids in my class told me I spelled my name wrong.
It was supposed to be More.
Hello! It's a name. It is spelled how it is spelled. They didn't believe me.

Moore is supposed to be a common last name.
I didn't hear it much.

So, I went all the way through the school years with my boring name in a boring town.
But, everyone pronounced my name right.

Then I entered college.
My Sociology professor had an interesting way of pronouncing my name.
I really don't know where he came up with it.

He pronounced it Mooer.
Now, doesn't that sound like something that a cow does?
One who moos is a mooer.
What moos?
A cow.

Thanks for calling me a cow, Mr. Whatever Your Name Was.

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Last year's M- Mmmmm- Morels

32 comments:

  1. When I was at college, one evening a group of us were talking about names, and what names were in and what names were definitely either dull, or no longer in vogue. Then one guy piped up,"What about 'Eric'? I mean, who would be called Eric?" We all looked at him and said, "Eric Clapton?" The irony: this guy was a huge Clapton fan!

    My point: many of us probably feel like our names are mundane, old, or boring. But once those names are on books spines, CD covers, or movie credits, suddenly they don't seem so mundane anymore. And in fact, *everyone* wants a piece of that name.

    Have a great A-to-Z Ruth. :)

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  2. Colin, yes I believe you are right about that.
    You have great A-Z too!

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  3. I can't take the credit for this, since it was the hubby's name first - my last name is Love. It was really easy to get 'personalized' stuff for our wedding!
    My dad always hoped that hubby would adopt my daughter, since her name is Angela (we call her Angel) and then she would not need a stage name! I still am not sure if I should have been offended about that!?!

    Lisa, Random Ramblings

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    1. Your dad sounds a lot like my husband.
      I like your last name.

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  4. How difficult is it to pronounce Moore? Weird. I guess even some professors are dull minded and should be riding the short bus to school.

    You put the youth back into Ruth.

    xoRobyn

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    1. I don't know, Robyn. One would think not hard at all.
      Thank you!

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  5. okay, am I a dick, because I'm inclined to say it in my brain the same way your prof did. I think it's a fine last name. When I worked at the casino, and had to ID someone if they wanted to buy a thousand dollars of anything, I saw some doozies. One guy's last name was "Leatherland," and one dude's name was "Harry Furry." I feel like I'm making that last part up.

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    1. Really? I always thought it odd he pronounced it that way. Maybe not so odd after all. Harry Furry sounds like a stuffed animal.
      My daughter goes to school with a kid that has the last name Morecock. I really don't know how he doesn't get picked on. And he's got a sister-poor thing. Come to thing of it, I went to school with a guy with the last name Moorehead.

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  6. Ruth is a lovely name in my eyes, enjoyed you M post, just dropped by via the links tools and decided to be your newest follower :)

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. I will be by to check out your blog.

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  7. I think Moore is a nice name. Try growing up with an Italian last name!

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  8. I didn't mind my name until I found out it meant angel of death. Then I minded it.

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    1. Melanie, I don't blame you a bit. I wouldn't want that either.

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  9. How could anyone mispronounce Moore if his or her first language is English? I have an unusual Slovakian surname, and my brother and I have frequently had it mangled into McCormack, MacCormick, McCormick, and MacCormack. Once my dad even got mail addressed to Moruracle. My so-called fiancé said he'd take my last name, since he knows what a strong Lucy Stoner I am. If I go through with it and marry him, he'll have a lifetime of name mangling to look forward to.

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    1. Carrie-Anne, that would serve him right, huh?

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  10. Hi Ruth, Stopping in via the A-Z blogging challenge. I have a funny little story to share with you about the surname Moore. I love to take photographs. I have a little family, hubby, son-shine, and me. Did I mention I love to take photographs? Oh, yes, well my family are always teasing me in a delightful way, because whenever I want to take their photo which they graciously allow me to, but then without fail I always say, "Just ONE more?!" Which starts of a lot of giggling and so forth, oh no, not just one more! Of course, they always let me, but the thing is my just one more is really ahem, 2,3,4,5... more. Yes, it's true. So just the other day we got to chatting and laughing about how I always say that, then they both said, perhaps it would be good if our surname was MOORE. Spelt like yours, because they liked that much better. Then I could re-name my blogspot to "Just One Moore" :) I loved their precious thoughts which truly made me smile; a lot! So I hope you will now see that you actually had a pretty cool surname growing up! And now, I hope the week ahead is filled with immeasurable joy!!! God bless you. -Kerrie (aka KC)

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  11. Hi Kerrie. Thanks for stopping. That is funny. Who can just take one anyway?

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  12. Reminds me of an epitaph (yes, I'm a sad, sad little man):
    "Here lies Lester Moore
    Took six bullets in the chest
    No less
    No Moore."
    Yep. Sad.

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    1. You mean Chester?
      I had a great uncle named Chester.
      No, wait. He wasn't shot.
      Never mind.

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    2. But, was he great? Or just "so-so?"

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  13. Ruth is a gorgeous name. We need to bring back beautiful names like Ruth and Elizabeth, and stop naming our kids Blue.

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    1. Thank you Nellie. I know what ya mean.

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  14. Awh! Bad sociology professor!
    I had an issue with my first name for all of my growing up years. Now it's not so bad!
    And my maiden name? It rhymed with a million and one words, sometimes making for an everlasting sentence.
    I feel your pain :P

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    1. I think sometimes we just have to grow into our names.

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  15. Yo, Neighbor! It is nice to see another Midwesterner involved in blogging/writing.

    Bookmarking your blog for Life After A to Z. *BG*

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    1. Hi, Huntress! Thank you I started following you too. I like the movie quotes theme.

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  16. Liked your post and I have a maiden name that gave me alot of grief! Very entertaing! I liked this post so much had to add it to my A.D. 's FAV 5 of the A to Z Challenge today! http://adduling.wordpress.com/
    Those mashed potatoes look yummy!

    A.D.

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    1. Thank you A.D.
      Thanks for mentioning me on your list too.

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  17. My last name is Daley and people like to swap the D for a B or wedge an i in there somewhere...

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    1. With so many spelling for names, you would think people would ask so they get it right. Plus, in your case they'd know it started with a D not a B.

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