Friday, November 23, 2007

Meme: What's in a name?

Rethabile has tagged me for this meme concerning the name of my blog.

Here are the rules:
Have you ever wondered why some blogs are called what they're called? I hope so, because you have just been tagged. Please participate if you can. Here are the steps: (1) Explain the name of your blog. Why this name and what does it mean? (2) Find two blogs/bloggers with groovy names and and tag them.

The reason behind the name:
Morphological Confetti’s name is a combination of my love for the spoken word and music. It was difficult to come up with a name for this blog when I first started in April of 2005. I wanted it to be catchy and I wanted it to have everything to do with the art of the written word. So, I looked up words and synonyms of this or that word and finally came up with Morphology, which refers to the patterns of word formation in a particular language. So, I had morphology, but morphology what? Then, one day I was listening to one of my all time favorite hip hop groups, De La Soul. Well, they have this song called, Plug Tunin’ (12’ version); these are some of the best lyrics in hip hop. The rest of my blog name comes from the part in the song when they sing:

“Flowing in file with a new style
Barrels are cleaned and loaded for salute
Chanters with the choice standing steady like my mouth
This paragraph preacher is now introduced
Drums are heard sounding off on each and every person
Vocal confetti is blown at top stage…”

Vocal confetti! That’s it! De La Soul has their vocal confetti and I will have Morphological Confetti. Well, that’s the story of where the name comes from. It's a combination of syntax and rhythm blending to form a confetti of words, images and ideas.
I would like to tag Rent Party and Lessons Learned.


Geoffrey Philp said...

I've often wondered why the name. Thnanx for this and Thanx to Rethabile for starting the game.


Stephen A. Bess said...

This was good because it forced me to take a closer look at "why." Yes, thank you Rethabile.


Professor Zero said...

I see it, I see it. I will tell Rent Party.

Rethabile said...

Aha! This is too good. It makes perfect sense now: "Morphological Confetti." Thank you, brother Stephen. I didn't attempt this myself because Poéfrika is too easy.

There has been Khotso, and Pula. It's time for Nala.

Khotso, Pula, Nala.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you. :)

Thank you because it allowed me to organize my thoughts and put it into words.

Cergie said...

That's interresting. I'm happy to learn about the origins of your blog's name. I find that's fine and great. I'm not disappointed nor surprised at all. When I came first, I read your profile and it said exactly the same.
Next week, it will be my 500th post. I'm blogging since a less long time than you and yet, I'm posting more often. It is easy for "Cergipontin" to guess why it is named so. "Cergipontain" is the name for an inhabitant of my area of towns.
(How many posts have you made, Stephen, I wonder ?)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Your blog name always makes me think of words falling like confetti, all colours, soft, all shapes.

There's a part in the book, The Phantom Tollbooth, where the little boy goes to a word market, or dinner, something like might like it, Stephen.

My blog name explains itself, I guess. And I'm just a gyal from Guyana.

Tafari said...

The mystery has been unlocked. I too wondered what it meant.


BronzeBuckaroo said...

This was really interesting. I have wondered how you came to name your blog. The name is really cool!!! It certainly does respect your love, admiration, and respect for words.

Rose said...

Okay I will do it. Thanks for sharing why you name your blog. This is interesting.

Lyrically speaking said...

Love this post, love how you came up with the name Morphological Confetti, De La Soul is also one of my favorite old school group, miss the old days *sigh*

All-Mi-T [Thought Crime] Rawdawgbuffalo said...

very eclectic and creative, got to dig up my de la soul now

Writing on Board said...

Now I know. And you inspired me to throw on some of my De La Soul. Thanks BB.

Analía said...

Look at that!! New layout, neq picture of you too! WoW it seems it's been ages since the last time I was here :( sorry for that. I developed an adversion to blogging, but I'm geting better and I wanted to pay a visit. I hope everything is all right with you :)
Take care Stephen

Crankyputz said...

Very do wonder how people come up with names!

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