10/24/2007

Onanism

I've been passing this sign on the way home from work for several weeks, now, and I laugh every time I see it. For those who don't know, Onan is mentioned in a story in the bible related to some ancient jewish marriage practices. Onan didn't follow them, and god killed him. The kicker is that the way in which Onan opted not to follow these practices led to a version of his name (onanism) being used as a synonym for masturbation. I imagine this scene playing out...

"Onan Place Condos? I'd never live there. Those people are a bunch of jerk-offs."

I wonder why, after deciding on a name for their projects, people don't just google it. Maybe I could start a company offering that service. About to give a name to your housing development, your child, or your pet? For a small fee, I'll research the name and provide you with possible embarassing associations with that name. Let's say $100 for simple search, or $250 for something more in depth. Any takers?

3 comments:

Shell said...

Onan is their last name. Can't help being born into that name. Can you say pyramid?!

The Fishmonger said...

Huh! Same guy who did the pyramid house. Interesting. Still, I have to say, if my last name was Onan, I wouldn't name my condo's after myself. Just come up with a different name!

Shevy said...

That's the reason I spelled Kylin's name that way. We were going to spell it Kailyn but then along came google... Not good!

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