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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: What's in a Name?
By Allison Egley
02/03/10


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If Eve had been around for the naming of the animals, after the fall.

"I think I'll name this one 'gorilla.'"

"Why? It doesn't say 'grrrrr'

"Eve, if I named every animal based on the sound it made, all the birds;. well, most of them at least, would be 'chirper.' Or 'chirps.' Or 'chipity.' Besides, gorillas do grrrr... Kind of."

"No they don't."

"Well then what sound do they make?"

"I don't know. It's more of a yell. Or a screech. Or, well... it's not grrrrr"

"Ok. Fine. Gorillas don't grrrr. But it's still a gorilla."

"And I still say it's a dumb name."

"You know, this isn't as easy as it looks, Eve. I mean, I have to come up with a name that sounds good. It can't just be anything."

"Sure it can."

"No. It can't. Here. I'll prove it to you. Next! Okay. I think I'll name this one 'bukelflupakaji.'"

"'Bukel...' What? You cannot name an animal that."

"Why?"

"Because it doesn't sound like anything. It's nonsense."

"Exactly. See? This isn't as easy as it looks. I think I'll name it 'groundhog.' And don't say 'But it doesn't grrr. I know it doesn't. But it does live in the ground. So it's a groundhog."

"Yeah, but it looks nothing like the 'hog' over there."

"Eve, you're really starting to get on my nerves here. Why don't you name the next one?"

"Fine. Maybe I will. Next! I name this one.. Um... well... maybe... 'lumpigy?'"

"'Lumpigy?'"

"It's the best I can come up with. I think you're better at this than I am, Adam. I'm sorry I made fun of your names. What do you think?"

"Oh, I don't know; what about 'hippopotamus?'

"Oh, I love it. Can I call it 'hippo' for short? It's so cute!"

"Sure, Eve. Whatever you want. But remember. Just because an animal is cute does not make it friendly. Remember when you tried to pet the baby grizzly bear?"

"Too well. I never did find that piece of my pinky toe. I will remember not to mess with the hippo."

"Thank you. I would prefer not to have to perform mouth to mouth again. God is much better at the 'breath of life'"

"You can say that again."

"What was that?"

"Oh, nothing, Adam. Nothing."

"Well, I think we're done for now. We'd better get some deep sea diving gear."

"Deep sea diving? What's that?"

"I don't know, but we'd better find out."

"Why?"

"Tomorrow we're naming the water animals."


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Laury Hubrich 02/08/10
Ha ha! I love your ending:)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/09/10
What a cute story. Husbands and wives have bickered since the beginning of time. It certainly was an unique perspective on the topic. Add pictures and it would delight any child.
Lyn Churchyard02/09/10
Bukelflupakaji? Oh please, that's an underwater animal name if ever I heard one! LOL what a hoot. When I was a kid, I always wonder how the animals got their names. Well done, this was a great read.
Noel Mitaxa 02/11/10
Good lively interaction and good fun. Well thought out, in a convoluted way.
Folakemi Emem-Akpan02/11/10
I am so jealous. Why can't I be this funny???????????
Loved Eve's voice. Sounds just like I imagine Eve would have sounded. Perhaps Adam should have allowed her name the groundhog Bul....what was that again?
Would be fun watching people tie their tongues around that.