I woke up this morning with the urge to post a brief and thoroughly non-exhaustive list of Discworld pun/reference names of varying levels of obscurity that people may or may not have gotten, and HERE IT IS.
Vetinari is a play on “Medici,” the extremely powerful Italian political family who inspired Macchiavelli’s “The Prince.”
The philosopher Didactylos’s name literally means “two fingers,” which refers to a rude British gesture roughly equivalent to flipping someone off.
The feuding Ankh-Morpork Selachii and Venturi noble families are named, respectively, for the scientific name for sharks and a part found in jet engines. This is a reference to the feuding Sharks and Jets street gangs in the musical West Side Story, which is itself a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
“Nobby” is a slang term for a policeman. Nobby’s dad, Sconner, gets his name from- well, you know how the Nac Mac Feegle call people “ya wee scunner”? Same word.
The guide to nobility Twurp’s Peerage is named after the Roundworld equivalent, Burke’s Peerage.
“Greebo” means… well, I’ll quote the Annotated Pratchett File: “'Greebo’ is a word that was widely used in the early seventies to
describe the sort of man who wanders around in oil-covered denim and
leather (with similar long hair) and who settles disagreements with a
motorcycle chain – the sort who would like to be a Hell’s Angel but
doesn’t have enough style.”
Nanny Ogg’s house is called “Tir Nanny Ogg,” a play on “Tír na nÓg,” the otherworld in Irish mythology.
Miss Treason’s given name, Eumenides, is another name for the Erinyes, Greek goddess of vengeance.
Erzulie Gogol’s first name is shared with a Vodou goddess, and “Baron Saturday” is a play on “Baron Samedi.” (EDIT: somebody said it’s actually a straight English translation, which I was not aware of.)
Desiderata Hollow, good fairy godmother, has a first name derived from the Latin word for “to wish.”
“Lilith de Tempscire”‘s surname is just a French translation of “Weatherwax.”
The terrible pun in Casanunda’s name (he’s a dwarf, so he’s UNDA, not OVA) is probably obvious to a lot of people, but it took YEARS for me to notice it, so I’m including it on this list.
The old Count de Magpyr’s name is Bela de Magpyr, after, of course, Bela Lugosi. (And Vlad also mentions an aunt Carmilla.)
“Djelibeybi,” for those unfamiliar with British sweets or classic Doctor Who, is pronounced identically to “jelly baby.” The country of Hersheba was introduced after many, many Americans failed to get the joke- with limited success, because it’s less immediately recognizable as a play on “Hershey bar.”
“Omnian” is a multilingual play on “Catholic.” Omni- is a root meaning “everything,” and “Catholic” originally meant “universal.”
Lu-Tze’s name is a play on Laozi/Lao-Tzu/Lao-Tze, founder of Taoism.
Dr. Follett, head of the Assassin’s Guild thirty years ago in Night Watch, is named for… author Ken Follett, in exchange for a significant monetary donation to charity.
Please fire me. I work as a cashier in a family restaurant and the other day I had an old couple come up and tell me that they would no longer come and eat because no one was controlling the screaming kids running around the store. I wasn’t aware that I was being paid minimum wage to take orders AND babysit.
I loved your Halloween Special! Even if I'm not a huge fan of Bill Skarsgard. Can you write one with Harry please? thank you
Thanks for appreciating it <3
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A/N: So I got carried away and this turned out to be super long so I’m posting it in two separate parts. Here’s part one. And remember: English is not my first language so I apologise for any possible spelling/grammar mistakes
P.S: I’m a vegan so I have literally no idea how to make scrambled eggs lol anyway it’s a small part and irrelevant to the story
HALLOWEEN!” Harry woke up to his five year old screaming, but after the Disney
movie marathon from last night he was way too tired to open his eyes.
It’s Halloween!” continued the excited child, trying to climb to his father’s
bed but failing miserably. She started pulling at his sheets. Harry was wide
awake by then, but decided to play along and torture his child a little more
“C’mon daddyyyyyyyyyyyyy” he hid his smirk against his pillow, suddenly feeling
the tugging at his sheets stop.
The kid was
making her way to the end of the bed, deciding to use the dirtiest trick under
her sleeve: She tucked her hand under the covers, straight towards her father’s
feet. Once she made skin contact, she started quickly moving her fingers all
along his skin, making Harry jump up on the bed, getting his feet away from
Eve!” He chuckled, helping his daughter up to his bed, the little girl
stretching her arms out for him to take her “That was not playing fair” he
said, once she was sat beside him
Halloween daddy!” She started jumping on the bed, her brown curls flying up and
down with her movements.
Evey. But before going trick or treating, there’s breakfast” He placed a kiss
on the child’s forehead before going to the bathroom and washing his teeth.
After that he made his way to the kitchen, little steps hurrying up behind him.
Once in the
kitchen, he checked the inside of the coffee maker, making sure he had put the
coffee grounds there the night before. He added some water to the machine then,
turning it on and waiting for the brown liquid to fill the coffee pot.
Meanwhile he watched Eve opening all the drawers from the kitchen counter and
using them as a staircase, climbing to sit on top of the counter. Damn the day
she discovered she could do that. He had had to place the knives and other
dangerous things in a covered kind of box inside the top drawer to make sure
she wouldn’t injure herself.
OH MISSUS SHEFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEELD! Can we call you that now? We, the broads of the world, must pay homage to our ancestors. And you, Miss Fine, are our reigning sovereign.
How could we forget your revolving wardrobe of early 90s Moschino Couture? We haven’t forgotten what we learned at 6:30pm every weeknight: black turtleneck + loud textured mini + black opaque tights + black suede pumps = WIN. Those over-the-knee suede boots? Now we’re all verclempt. We loved your collection of Todd Oldham coats and the occasional Dolce & Gabbana leopard ensemble. And that fluffy pink bathrobe with the giant flowers? It haunts us to this day. We are truly humbled by your bulletproof approach to everyday dressing.
Now that you’re a married woman, which Sheffield offspring is gonna inherit your wardrobe? Maggie was last seen in yet another Paris Hilton B-movie, Maggie got her kit off for HBO and Brighton miffed casting agents worldwide by transforming into a human penis. Miss Fine, do you really trust your precious couture vault with the cretins you raised? Pick me, pick me!
So what if the last few seasons of The Nanny sucked total shvantz. Post-Nanny, you tragically contracted cancer schmancer and rose above it like a true gangstress. For these reasons, and many more, Franny, you’ll always be our number one bubeleh xxx
Y/N loves children. Her family consists of herself and 5 foster children, all of whom she loves dearly and would fight to the death for. They’re her life, her love, her everything. They can be overwhelming though, especially when they each bring a handful of friends back home and it becomes a stampede of children in her house. And on top of that, at her job, they’re asking for later hours and Y/N simply doesn’t feel confident in her ability to juggle it alone anymore.
She needs help.
A nanny seems to be a good answer, especially since one of her close friends has another friend who’s looking for work. He knows First Aid and how to dial 911, and her friend swears up-and-down that he’s reliable. Y/N figures this is a dream.
What she didn’t expect, though, is that the nanny is just as mischievous as her kids, especially with his love of food fights that rivals Patrick’s.
It really is madness, when British-nanny Harry Styles comes to town.