OK so some of this is a little adult but I figured my fellow pony fans would appreciate this. From the Mommy With a Penis blog. Younger fans, don’t read it, OK?
Lately my daughter is gaga obsessed with My Little Pony. For you neophytes, there isn’t just one little pony like the singular title offers. There are many. And they are all girl ponies, not a steed in the stable. Actually, there are no stables. Come to think of it, they are very non horselike, these ponies. They are the color of fruit sherbet and are always prepping for some gala at Celebration Castle. Maxie has only three of their books and in each of them a major festivity is taking place. One book is about a golden egg hunt, another is about a royal costume party, and the last is the ultimate tea party.
I bring up the ponies because along with their lives of party throwing leisure, they have outlandish names. I can barely turn a page of the book without Maxie pointing to each pony and labeling them. Crazy insidious names like Sunny Daze, Twinkle Twirl, Pinky Pie (which sound like the newest designer drugs) are all part of this equine fantasy. And each pony has a tattoo on her haunch. Sparkleworks has a mini fireworks display, Meadowbrook a dragonfly, Wisteria a sprig of wisteria, etc. My favorite pony has four leaf clovers on her haunch…why Serendipity, of course.
Last night, while I was reading Pony Party, for the second time, I had this sudden image. A grouchy group of elderly people sitting around a table, smoking menthols, hopped up on pain killers, thinking up all these crazy ass pony names.
OLD FART #1: I like Minty.
OLD FART #2: Minty? What the hell kind of name is Minty?
OLD FART #1: My Ben Gay is minty. And I like Ben Gay.
OLD FART #2: Fine. I’ll let you have Minty, as idiotic as that sounds, if you let me call a pony Dazzle Surprise.
OLD FART #1: Sound like a big sissy to me, but okay. Let’s shake on it.
OLD FART #2: Can’t reach across the table. Just put your dentures back in and call it a deal.
And I bet I’m not far off on how the My Little Pony names are created. And it’s probably similar with the name generators dudes. Might not be the same group of people. Instead of old farts, the name generators might be just out of college pimply, but it’s the same concept. Name by committee.