Cantankerous? Moi? Why not?

I Googled and found a site that generates a legendary kung fu name for you based on your name or whatever text you enter in the query box. Interested? Here’s the URL –
I entered my first name in full and got ‘CANTANKEROUS TORMENTING SHOESTRING’ as my legendary kungfu name. I want to keep the explanations of the words for my reference, so here’s:

Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable: disliked her cantankerous landlord.
Difficult to handle: “had to use liquid helium, which is supercold, costly and cantankerous” (Boston Globe).

To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish.
To agitate or upset greatly.
To annoy, pester, or harass.

A small sum of money; capital that is barely adequate: a company that started on a shoestring.
Long and slender: shoestring potatoes.
Marked by or consisting of a small amount of money: a shoestring budget.

Since the only thing on me that can be described as ‘long and slender’ is my pen or pencil, I’m thinking that my legendary kungfu name reflects me as ill-tempered, difficult to handle shoelaces that cause great physical pain! 😀
I kinda like the name though, and I generated a few more by keyeing in variations of my name.

Here’re the results:

  1. Venemous Shoestrings (great weapon eh – poisoned shoelaces!)
  2. Astonishing Immaculate Slaying Shoestrings (they would be, if theyre poisoned, innit? They’d surprise anyone, methinks)
  3. Bemused Disparaging Shoestrings (shoestrings that cause their wearer to be engrossed in deep thought, even bewildered and confused, due to the poison’s power of producing derogatory comments that belittle people? If the shoelaces dont kill you, the depression from the low esteem caused by the sneering remarks will)

Get a load of that – looks like I’m a discreet lethal weapon. Ah, but we’re a dying breed – with the advancement of velcro fastenings rendering us obsolete!

Note: Clicking on the link I supplied above will now bring you to a martial arts page. I guess they must have moved the kungfu name application someplace else 😉 – note added Oct 5, 2006 –


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