Thursday, September 04, 2008
The Top 40 NBA Surnames* That Make No** Sense (Part I.)
*Only American players were eligible
**In fact, too much sense to take them lightly and without fanfare
Hey, let’s start! Lemme tell you, this list does not include cool surnames like Green (Willie, Gerald), Brown (Kwame, Shannon, Devin, Bobby) or Young (Thaddeus, Nick) - they’re too ordinary in comparison with this list’s diamonds. Okay, onto the Top 40 - rankings based on the voting of BAFS team, the final order formed here at The FiCS HQ...
Rank - Name - Surname in English
[Surname in German - Surname in Spanish]
40. Anthony MORROW
[Morgen - Manana]
Morrow is an English word meaning "the next day" (the morrow of the feast) or "tomorrow".
39. Sean MAY
[Mai - Mayo]
May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. It is also a month within the northern season of spring. The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Although some historians claim that May was named after the Latin word majores which means older men since they say that May is dedicated to old men. In Japan, there is a so-called 'May sickness', where new students or workers start to be tired of their new schoolwork or jobs. (In Japan schoolyears and fiscal years start on April 1st.) In any calendar year, no other month starts on the same day of the week as May.
38. David WEST - Delonte West
[Westen - Oeste]
West is most commonly a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. West is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points. It is the opposite of east and is perpendicular to north and south. By convention, the left side of a map is west. To go west using a compass for navigation, set a bearing or azimuth of 270°. West is the direction opposite that of the Earth's rotation on its axis, and is therefore the general direction towards which the Sun sets. Moving continuously west is following a circle of latitude, which, except in the case of the equator, is not a great circle. The English word "west" is cognate to the Old High German word westar, which may derive from an Indo-European root from which the Latin word vesper, meaning "evening", derives. "The West" often denotes the Western world. Although a somewhat subjective term, it always includes the noncommunist countries of Europe and America.
37. Grant HILL - George Hill - Steven Hill
[Hűgel - Cero]
A hill is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain, in a limited area. Hills often have a distinct summit, although in areas with scarp/dip topography a hill may refer to a particular section of scarp slope without a well-defined summit (e.g. Box Hill). A hillock is a small hill.
36. Sean MARKS
[Marken - Notas]
In education, a grade (or mark) is a teacher's standardized evaluation of a student's work. In some countries, evaluations can be expressed quantifiably, and calculated into a numeric grade point average (GPA), which is used as a metric by employers and others to assess and compare students. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the mean GPA from all terms, whereas GPA may only refer to a single term. The concept of grading students' work quantitatively was developed by a tutor named William Farish, and first implemented by the University of Cambridge in 1792.
35. Brandon RUSH* - Kareem Rush
[Erregung - Excitacion]
Rush may refer to:
-*Rush or thrill, sudden burst of emotion associated with certain chemicals or situations
-Rush, slang for nitrite inhalants, often used as a recreational drug
-Rush or formal rush, regulated period of new member recruitment for fraternities and sororities
-Rush plant or Juncus, grass-like plant of damp or wet soils
34. Calvin BOOTH
[Kabine - Cabina]
Booth may refer to:
-Isolation booth, device used to prevent a person or people from seeing or hearing certain events
-Photo booth, vending machine or modern kiosk which contains an automated, usually coin-operated, camera and film processor
-Voting booth, where voters attend to cast their ballot in an election as part of the voting process in a democracy or republic
-Telephone booth, small structure furnished with a payphone and designed for a telephone user's convenience
-Ticket booth, place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue
-Toll booth, road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use
-Food booth, a temporary structure from which food is sold to the general public.
33. Raja BELL - Charlie Bell
[Glocke - Campana]
Bell may refer to devices that produce sound:
-Altar bell, a bell rung during the Catholic Mass.
-Bell character, a character that produces an audible signal at a terminal.
-Bell effect, a musical technique similar to an arpeggio.
-Bell (instrument), a simple sound-making device.
-Bell unit (bel), measure of the ratio between two quantities.
-Bell (wind), the round, flared opening of a wind instrument opposite the mouthpiece.
-Bell cymbal, a small cymbal. The bell is also the center, rounded part of a cymbal.
-Bell (school), a bell that signals transitions during a school day.
-Bell tree, instrument made of nested bells
-Bermuda carriage bell, used in vehicles as a warning to pedestrians
-Carillon, an instrument which utilizes bells, normally housed in a bell tower, and played from a keyboard -
-Chime (bell instrument), similar to a carillon, but with fewer bells
-Church bell, a bell hanging in a church tower
-Electric bell, such as a doorbell or buzzer
-Handbell, a handheld bell, rung singly (such as a school bell) or in tuned sets played by a bell choir
-Jingle bell, a spherical bell that produces a distinct "jingle" sound
-Last call bell, a bell that signals the closing of a bar
-Mark tree, a set of small hanging chimes, sometimes mislabeled as a wind chime
-Orchestra bell, better known as Glockenspiel
-Ship's bells, bells which mark time on a ship
-Slave bell, used to regulate slavery
-Tubular bell, used in tuned sets as in a longcase clock, orchestral chime, organ, or tower
32. Ronnie PRICE
[Preis - Precio]
Price in economics and business is the result of an exchange and from that trade we assign a numerical monetary value to a good, service or asset. If I trade 4 apples for an orange, the price of an orange is 4 - apples. Inversely, the price of an apple is 1/4 oranges. Price is only part of the information we get from observing an exchange. The other part is the volume of the goods traded per unit time, called the rate of purchase or sale. From this additional information we understand the extent of the market and the elasticity of the demand and supply. In general terms price is the result of an exchange or transaction that takes place between two parties and refers to what must be given up by one party (i.e., buyer) in order to obtain something offered by another party (i.e., seller). Yet this view of price provides a somewhat limited explanation of what price means to participants in the transaction. In fact, price means different things to different participants in an exchange: The concept of price is central to microeconomics where it is the single most important pieces of information derived from human interaction and is crucial in resource allocation theory (also called price theory). Price is also central to marketing where it is one of the four variables in the marketing mix that business people use to develop a marketing plan.
31. Brandon BASS
[Bass - Contrabajo]
Bass, when used as an adjective, is used to describe tones of low frequency or range. Played in an ensemble/orchestra, such notes are frequently used to provide a counterpoint or counter-melody, in a harmonic context either to outline or juxtapose the progression of the chords, or with percussion to underline the rhythm. In popular music the bass part most often provides harmonic and rhythmic support, usually playing the root or fifth of the chord and stressing the strong beats.
30. Brian SKINNER*
[Bauer - Campesimo]
A skinner is a person who makes a living by working with animal skins or driving mules*.
29. Mike MILLER - Brad Miller - Andre Miller
[Műller - Molinero]
A miller usually refers to a person who operates a mill, a machine to grind a cereal crop to make flour. Milling is among the oldest of human occupations. "Miller", "Milne" and other variants are common surnames, as are their equivalents in other languages around the world. Milling existed in hunter gatherer communities, and later millers were important to the development of agriculture. The materials ground by millers are often foodstuffs and particularly grain. The physical grinding of the food allows for the easier digestion of its nutrients and saves wear on the teeth. Non-food substances needed in a fine, powdered form, such as building materials, may be processed by a miller. The most basic tool for a miller was the quern-stone - simply a large, fixed stone as a base and another movable stone operated by hand, similar to a mortar and pestle. As technology and millstones (the bedstone and rynd) improved, more elaborate machines such as watermills and windmills were developed to do the grinding work. These mills harnessed available energy sources including animal, water, wind and electrical power. Mills are some of the oldest factories in human history, so factories making other items are sometimes known as mills, for example, cotton mills and steel mills. These factory workers are also called millers. The rynd in pre-reformation Scotland was often carved on millers' gravestones as a symbol of their trade.
28. Antoine WALKER - Bill Walker
[Fussgänger - Peaton]
A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running. In some communities, those traveling using roller skates, skateboards, and similar devices are also considered to be pedestrians. In modern times, the term mostly refers to someone walking on a road or footpath, but this was not the case historically.
27. Josh SMITH - JR Smith
[Schmied - Herrero]
A smith, or metalsmith, is a person involved in the shaping of metal objects. In pre-industrialized times, smiths held high or special social standing since they supplied the metal tools needed for farming (especially the plough) and warfare. This social standing might be a reason for the prevalence of "Smith" as an English family name (and similar names in other languages, such as German "Schmidt").
26. Brian COOK* - Daequan Cook
[Koch - Cocinero]
Cook may refer to:
-Chef, a person who cooks food as a profession
-Cook (servant), a servant who cooks food for his or her employer
-Cook (software), a program for directing compilation
-Cook (crater), a lunar crater
-Cook, an an unintended solution that spoils a chess problem
25. Luther HEAD
[Kopf - Cabeza]
In anatomy, the head of an animal is the rostral part (from anatomical position) that usually comprises the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth (all of which aid in various sensory functions, such as sight, hearing, smell, and taste). Some very simple animals may not have a head, but many bilaterally symmetric forms do.
24. Brian CARDINAL*
[Kardinal - Cardenal]
The word cardinal comes from the Latin cardo for "hinge" and usually refers to things of fundamental importance, as in cardinal rule or cardinal sins.
Cardinal may refer to:
-Cardinal (Catholicism), a senior ecclesiastical official, of the Catholic Church*
-Cardinal (color), a vivid reddish color
-Cardinal number, in mathematics
-Cardinal vowels, the standard reference points for phonetic description.
-Cardinal (bird), a family of passerine birds living in the Americas
-Cardinal (grape), a wine and table grape
23. Gilbert ARENAS
[Arenas - Arenas]
Arenas is the plural of arena, a sporting event venue.
22. Ronnie BREWER - Corey Brewer
[Bräuhaus - Carveceria [=Brewery]]
Is a person involved in brewing. Brewing is the production of alcoholic beverages and alcohol fuel through fermentation. This is the method used in beer production, although the term is also used to describe the fermentation process used to create wine and mead. It can also refer to the process of producing sake and soy sauce. The term is also sometimes used to refer to any chemical mixing process. Brewing has a very long history, and archeological evidence suggests that this technique was used in ancient Egypt. Descriptions of various beer recipes can be found in Sumerian writings, some of the oldest known writing of any sort. The brewing industry is part of most western economies.
21. Marcus BANKS
[Banken - Bancos]
Banks is the plural of bank, a financial institution.
20. Eddy CURRY
[What the hell I don’t know the equivalents of “curry” in German & Spanish]
Curry is the English description of any of a general variety of spicy dishes, best known in Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepali, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, and other South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines, though curry has been adopted into all of the mainstream cuisines of the Asia-Pacific region. Along with tea, curry is one of the few dishes or drinks that is truly "Pan-Asian". But specifically, its roots come from India. The concept of curry was later brought to the West by British colonialists in India from the 18th century.
Part II. of this crazy-awesome-pathetic-mad-useless list - tomorrow morning. Do you have that thrill who’ll be in the Top 5? Who’ll capture the gold in surnames’ greatness? Me neither... but at least you’ll learn somehing new about Mohammed!
p.s.: The Clippers own [the Greek forward] Sofoklis Schortsanitis' rights but won't bring him over until they've been assured that he won't try to eat Eric Gordon. (-John Hollinger)
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