Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ugly

Ugliest name:
Grubb.
It makes you think of the nastier sort earthworm, prying into damp decay.
A maggot, really, all potato-y white. Not quite the end of things, but almost.
I know there are people with the names Butt, Hooker, Dick. I have seen these people and known a few. (The neighbors down the street announced it: “The Butts” said their sign, in yellow script).
This, though, is the worst: a name that doesn’t bring first nasty laughs, but sticks with you, burrowing. It speaks of dirty foods, thick beefs, chickens, something below oneself.
And then of course: Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub, yaaaaaay God! That was a revolting childhood dinner prayer, with gestures. For non-Catholics.

I'd like to take a moment now for all the poor Grubbs of the world.

2 Comments:

Blogger aporeticatlanta said...

Good call. And in that spirit, dear Betsytacy, let's all have a moment of silence for the good citizens of Lubbock: a city name that manages to call up both 'blubber' and 'buttock' at once, and (I'm sure) without ever having meant to.

11:48 AM  
Blogger betsytacy said...

And lubber: a big, clumsy person. Fits right in with the flabby theme.

9:27 AM  

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