Category Archives: Names

Wacky Worlds

The original Super Mario Bros. provided several different environments through which Mario (and sometimes Luigi) had to travel: largely flat worlds with trees and bushes in the background, underground caverns, water, cliffs with tops bigger than their bases, and castles … Continue reading

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Button-Bright Illumination

The other day, I came across a link to this bit of Oz fanfiction about Polychrome finding Button-Bright in Philadelphia and taking him to Mo. It fills in some gaps in his story, since The Scarecrow of Oz has him … Continue reading

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A Show of Patrioztism

I’ve written before on the possible origins of the word “Oz.” It’s kind of a difficult name in the age of online search engines, as you’re likely to get stuff about Australia or ounces, and that’s if it’s limited to … Continue reading

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No One Remembers Your Name When You’re Strange

Doctor Strange – WARNING! SPOILERS! – Beth and I saw the latest Marvel Studios movie last night, and one of the first things that struck me was how similar Stephen Strange was to Gregory House. Of course, Strange was a … Continue reading

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Etymology in Oz

I bought a few old Baum Bugle issues at OzCon in Portland, and they have some interesting content. There was apparently a sometime recurring feature called “Footnotes to Oz” that explained names in the Oz series, written by Jerry Tobias. … Continue reading

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Say My Name, Say My Name

Names have a lot of power. Just try saying someone’s name when they’re across the room, and see how quickly they turn to look at you. The idea that names are somehow magical is something I first came across in … Continue reading

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