questionsdo you name inanimate objects?

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I named my boat (Lazy Daze)....that seems to be acceptable though.

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Mostly cars. I also name my friends' cars. When I first started using computers they were special enough to get names, but now they are just another machine. I don't know why it is expected to name your boat, but odd to name your car or your house.

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Yes. Bug generally only cars, electronics that speak and stuffed animals.
My GPS is Charlie. My car is Maddie. And my almost 5ft tall stuffed giraffe is Max.
Oh, and my boot camp class named the rocking dinosaur on the playground Steve.

I've also been known to name things on the spur of the moment to entertain kids. Shoes are generally either George and Charlie or Edith and Myrtle...sometimes Statler and Waldorf, but only if I've been watching the muppets recently. The left shoe is generally English and the right shoe French and they speak with their respective (although not very good) accents. I was one banned from naming foods that my nephews were about to eat. But I think that was mostly because I made them beg for their lives and scream when eaten. My sister didn't really go for that. But the boys thought it was hilarious.

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i have named every car i ever owned: because i spend so much time with "him", i don't want to spend time with one i don't know the name of.
i named my gps: tommy (it's a tomtom) because if a guy is telling me where to go i want to be able to scream his name while cussing him for being wrong.
i named lots of plushies: they all have different personalities.
i have named aches and pains: they are to often around to not have names.
i named the lawn cutter: moe. self explanitory.
yet i know someone that only names body parts and thinks i'm weird.

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I've only named my cars that were of the muscle variety, an '88 Trans Am named "Jett" and my current 2012 Mustang named "Jayne"

I label my computers, mostly fire based names though my current desktop is "Artoo," but that's not really the same thing.

Can't think of anything else I've dropped a moniker on that didn't have a pulse.

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I name them but don't always call them by their names outright. I do call my car Ellie (an Element).

Most of my electronics with naming functions are named after Katamari Damacy characters (Dipp (old PC that started the trend), Opeo (Laptop that is constantly broken), Kuro (Black PC), Nickle (Silver Zune), Slip (Kindle), with the router being The Cosmos since it ties them all together. The previous "theme" was Bob the Builder characters.

I do name random bugs and things like that. I'll pick up a spider and say "Okay Clem, I've told you before, you are not welcome in this house. I told your friends Jorge and Cletus too, and look how it ended for them.". I'm weird. I know.

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My mother calls her Roomba vacuum "Roomba" and her Garmin GPS "Garmin." Yes, not clever names, but she does refer to them as though they were live, thinking beings (kind of like they're pets). I have not yet seen her talk directly to them. I figure that will come soon enough and then it will be off to the old folks home. :)

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Here at City Hall for a long time the servers all had Star Trek inspired names. One was Spock, one was Kirk, one was Picard, etc. It was easy to tell someone where to look for files. Somebody thought that was unprofessional and had them changed to letters, it's harder to remember where files are.

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Computers have names. I'm old, and that's the way it works. I've used naming schemes on networks ranging from parasites to Nobel Prize winning physicists (we added a second rule that said they had to be dead, and then made an exception for Hawking). When it comes to servers, in the business world, cleverness long ago left the scene. They usually get named something that reflects the purpose, and the location.

Here's an RFC on naming conventions for computers.

http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1178

Wikipedia also weighs in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostname

For small networks, it's always easier if devices have memorable names.

This does lead me to wonder something, though. Amazon's cloud service has actually become 1% of all internet traffic (this is a very LARGE amount). Do instances have names? I'll bet they're not clever, or fun. I still have a copy of an old HOSTS file (last published in 92). Life was more colorful then.

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I'm a bit of a clothes horse, so I've named my suits. Everything from Henry Hill (a sweet 3-piece) to Sven (my euro-chic black).

Furthermore, "If you want to throw down fisticuffs, fine. I've got Jack Johnson and Tom O'Leary waiting for ya, right here."

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No. Every once in a while I'll give something a nickname, but I had this girlfriend that gave a human name to EVERYTHING. The way she talked, I felt like I was living with 50 roommates.

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On occasion, but not something I want in print at the moment.

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Yes, when I was in college back in the day my Bong was called "Satan" or the "8th Pledge Brother".

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I try to tone down my eccentricity by only occasionally speaking to inanimate objects. I do give about a thousand nicknames to pets, nephews, or people I know though.

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I name my motorcycles and my mountain bikes but that's usually it.

My SV650S was called Therapy, my current V-Strom hasn't been named yet. My mountain bike is named Grandpa Jo.

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I name the damned dead animals on our walls at home. Never have liked the way "Steve the Kudu" has a smile on his face. Definitely creepy.

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At work our servers have names, but I do not name anything else fancy, PCs at work are by asset number, PCs at home are by who and what it is, MomLT1, MomPC1 DadPC1. (Matrix names work best for naming a few servers).

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Our cars are Fritz Liederhosen and Domingo Montoya. We also have a tree in the back yard called Wanda, but for some reason that's the only tree with a name.

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@gt0163c: That's awesome they have accents as well!

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Always name cars. Current one is Loyal Lee Lincoln. Previous car: Olivia Oldsmobile. Corvette: Lundeen (long story, named after a friend/Corvette lover) Corvette before that one was Georgette. Porsches: Dame Edith Sitwell, Anais Nin, and the last 1 - Ferdinand. I stopped naming Porsches after living people. Dame Edith & Anais (the humans) died very quickly after I named my cars after them. :-/ Coincidence, I'm certain. Sometimes name other objects - named a Kirby vacuum cleaner Durwood. Should have just dubbed it 'Overpriced &/or Overweight.'

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Mostly computers and electronics, since those often have network hostnames, and I want to remember what I'm looking at. I've got a desktop named AIVAS, since it was pretty powerful when I named it (Dragonriders of Pern reference. They had a computer called the Artificial Intelligence Voice Address System). Some other devices are named after female anime characters. I named one of my laptops after a dragon in the Dragonlance books (Umm...my username here, actually). I usually don't call my possessions by their names, although I'm definitely not above talking to them directly. Especially if they're being recalcitrant.

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I'm surprised that no cat owners have commented by telling us the name of their pets.

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Name? No.

Talk to? Constantly.

I think the habit came from my oldest sister. I honestly don't think half of my crap would work it I didn't give it a nice, encouraging pep talk now and again: "You can do it Jeep, you can start this morning!"

I also let them know they've done my wrong with cries of agony: "Why couldn't your battery last 2 minutes longer!"

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@inkycatz: You are SO kind! Thank you for your answer...I couldn't think of a nice way to respond. Am assuming you have cat(z)s. ;-)

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@gmwhit: I do, she's a darling year old Siamese/Snowshoe. :) When you see me refer to The Intern, that's her. (So named because she likes to help me work.)

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@inkycatz: I've got an aunt whose cats range from energetic to if there's a sunbeam around, you would swear the thing is stuffed.

As for me, my computer has a nickname that also, coincidentally, means illegitimate son.

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On topic, my computers all have names. It's a networking thing. :)

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Can this question refer to body parts? If so, then yes. I have known Mr. Happy forever!

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I've never named a car in my life.. However each of my guns have names. My 38colt revolver for instance is named Vash. (obvious reasons)

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I always named my cars until they became troublesome and so darned expensive. Then, I did not want to call them what I really felt about them. Better they did not know, and better I did not utter the names! I have not named the last five cars I have owned.

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@inkycatz - you have never seen my cat. I don't consider moving 10 feet from the window to the food dish & back as 'moving too much'.

I have 2 cars, my daily driver doesn't have a name because it's just a tool to get me to/from work. My summer car does have a name.

I think that's really the only inanimate object I've named.

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I tend to name friend's cars - like:
a hatchback Hyundai Accent - Skee-Lo (because it wishes it was a little bit taller).
A friend's first car - when asked what he wanted to name it, he said "anything but 'crashed' works for me" - It's name is Bandicoot.
My Volvo got her name due to a friend misunderstanding me when I spoke the Make "Volvo" - her name is now a piece of female anatomy.

I've never named my Garmin, but I argue with it.