Do I dare add one more?
What the hell. I figure I already jumped the shark this morning when, a few days before I promised to end this Name Game, I posted a poll that included 23 names. Why not add a 24th? After all, my restaurant is just off 24th Street.
The name for the & sign. Symbolizes connection, togetherness, conviviality, sharing a table with friends. It's what going out to eat is all about. & is the symbolic equivalent of the Spanish Contigo. It's the English metaphor I've been seeking. And it's at the top of the alphabet.
I was so close on Monday when I posted my brainstorming session inspired by "mingle." Towards the end of my long list I wrote: "... and, conjunction, with, plus...." Those words eventually led me to Contigo. Then, Wednesday I came up with tilde, another typographical sign. So close.
However, I can't claim credit for this one. I was inspired by today's post on Married with Dinner. What would be more fitting than a food blogger finding inspiration for his restaurant's name in another food blog? Plus, I'd already have a signature drink (if I can get approval for a full liquor license, that is).
In fact, I remember bumping into my friends Anita and Cameron (the very same writers behind Married with Dinner) at the farmers' market a few weeks back and we joked that I should follow Prince's lead and choose a glyph for a name. Wouldn't it by funny synchronicity if that joke turned out to be foreshadowing.
I'm sure some of you will be puzzled that I'm so enthusiastic about a word that, let's face it, doesn't exactly "tickle the eardrums," as I like to say. Allow me to explain my thinking. In my opinion, the sound of the name plays a bigger role when choosing words outside one's native tongue. If my potential customers are going to be presented with a name whose meaning is unfamiliar, I want that word to at least appeal to their ears. Ideally I'd like it to have those oh and oo vowel sounds and/or I'd like it to be feminine sounding and melodic. Of course, if a name in English has these attributes, that's an added bonus. I just don't think it's as crucial.
While ampersand may not be super melodic (although it's really not bad sounding at all), there's no denying that the & is visually beautiful. With her curves and loops, she's the sexiest key on a keyboard. She's as pretty to look at as olallie is to listen to.
I feel strongly about this one, so I'm not going to bother to put up a special poll (I've added it to the laundry list in the previous poll). Please feel free to leave comments however. And, of course, be your usual candid selves.
Have a happy Friday night! Hasta mañana!