What's in a Name


I recently and somewhat randomly came across the poster below for the 1966 film Maya.

Poster for the film 'Maya' with the title in giant 'stone' letters, getting hit by lightning, as various animals stampede
Poster © 1966 King Bros. Productions and/or MGM Studios.

There's a Maya in my family, and I know some other Mayas too. But that was only the first name that jumped at me.

It was interesting to see Jay North — who played the title character in the TV incarnation of Dennis the Menace in the early '60s and, I found out to my surprise not long ago, voiced the teenage Bamm-Bamm Rubble in the early '70s — in the credits. That's not the main point here either, however.

The punch line of this chance experience was the name "Clint" — seen on the poster thanks to star Clint Walker. If you glanced at it earlier, or just now at my prompting, and had a brief shock at mistaking the name for another word, then you see why cartoonists, typesetters, and pretty much anyone else who finds themselves displaying "Clint" in all capitals usually takes care to put enough space between the "L" and the "I" lest they appear to merge into a "U".

[Warning: Comments get explicit.]


19 comments:

Batcabbage said...

Aaaaahahahahahaha! Poor Clint. That font is not very flattering for him. Fun, though. I wish there was more movies starring swear words. Maya starring C*nt Walker, co-starring Shit Bridges and Dickface McYeahthat'smynameyougottaproblemwiththatyoufucker.

Bully said...

Action that tears the screen apart? Noooooo! I wanted to watch the rest of the movie!

Arben said...

Say what you will about Clint, but he makes one great flick.

Blam said...

Great... Bully stops by just when Batcabbage goes all pottymouthed.

Batcabbage said...

Hey, Clint started it!

Batcabbage said...

@Arben: LOL! Marvelous.

Joan Crawford said...

"Clint Walker" was actually an incredibly fierce female drag king who was a trailblazer for womyn's rights.

Where is LK when you need her?

El Qué said...

I'm around when you need me — just not necessarily when you want me. ^_~

El Qué said...

"C*nt Walker" — I'm keeping with the asterisk for Blammer's sake — is something we'd probably hear from Merle and the Governor all the time if AMC's language standards were more relaxed (and if the folks in Woodbury didn't call the walkers "biters" instead).

Blam said...


Aha. Salty language = comments. Got it.

Joan Crawford said...

The Governor's so gross - he makes my Clint... want to be... a Walker?

It all sounded very drôle in my head.

There must be a better way to incorporate zombies and lady parts.

I defer to LK on these matters, as ever.

Batcabbage said...

There must be a better way to incorporate zombies and lady parts.

That there is, Joan! It involves a surgical kit, a pair of hedge trimmers, and some ordinary household bleach. But the process itself is so bizarre, so utterly icky, that it is best not gone into here. So to speak.

El Qué said...

There must be a better way to incorporate zombies and lady parts.
And here I was sure that if Joan had a business it would be called Zombies and Lady Parts, Incorporated.

El Qué said...

@Arben: Say what you will about Clint, but he makes one great flick.
Nice one!
@Batcabbage: the process itself is so bizarre, so utterly icky, that it is best not gone into here
I've heard that the same can be said for Joa—

El Qué said...

Holy bearded clams! Obviously, I can clear out a room like nobody's (lady)business.

Joan Crawford said...

I've heard that the same can be said for Joa—

Ha! I see LK and I frequent the same bars... I'd wondered who was the spiteful lesbian* was who was scrawling unkind things about me on the bathroom walls. You should have seen what she said about veganism and cunnilingus...


*You can always spot her work because she prefers a blood red Sharpie marker, not only for her (oddly descriptive) comments about me but for her low quality (and absolutely filthy) stick drawings of large breasted women.


El Qué said...

@Joan: Ha! I see LK and I frequent the same bars...
"You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille..."
As far as the large-breasted women go, well, I try to judge everyone on her own merits, but in general my tastes run towards the old saw "Anything more than a mouthful is a waste."

El Qué said...

@Joan: You should have seen what she said about veganism and cunnilingus...
I'm not sure I know that one. Vegans have a hard time eating out? ^_^

Batcabbage said...

I'm just really happy to be here. :)