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0450: What it Stands For in Unchaptered 15th Oct, 2018
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0450: What it Stands For
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Mel Cormac
Let's just take a moment to reflect upon the fact that Seth could have been called Lucky. For this entire comic. Lucky Walker.

Fun fact: I intentionally chose a middle name for Seth that isn’t... actually a name, so no one reading would feel bad if Seth’s middle name turned out to be their name. Well, I did one last google to make sure it definitely wasn’t a real name, and I came across a forum post where an expecting mum was thinking about the name Alizarin, and everyone roasts it for being a terrible name, so good job me!
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ProfEtheric
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ProfEtheric
Ah, so Mama Walker was one of THOSE mom's, with all the really out there ideas for names. Cool. :)

Also, Seth was REALLY close to being named Alizarin... Yikes!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
She wanted him to have a unique name!

In the alternate timeline Anna's like "hey Al, what's Al short for?"
JammyTheBirb
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JammyTheBirb
Bwahahahahaha Alexander Armstrong X'D It's almost like there's some word association going on there.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I think Seth would be pretty okay with being called Alexander Armstrong Walker.
MST3KFan
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MST3KFan
The idea that they were still trying to come up with names for Seth well into his birth is crazy.

Though seeing how they disagreed so much here, I'd imagine it was like this for months.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh yeah, this argument is the tip of the iceberg...
anonymous coward (Guest)
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There are people who actually have the name, "Wilberforce," though. In the right light and situation that could be seen as a pretty posh name, but... the rest of the time I'd expect people with that one to use a middle name, set of initials, a title, or a nickname.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Yeah, Seth would definitely either go by his middle name or shorten it to Al or Arin if his name were Alizarin.
Matthew Jones (Guest)
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I will preface this comment with the fact that not only am I an American, my entire family is from the Southern Appalachians, home to such strange names such as Bluford, Grover, and others. That all said, my great-grandfather always went by his initials, H.N. Jones. Doing genealogical research revealed that he was given two unique Biblical names, Hiram and Nimrod. He preferred HN because of that.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Hiram is a pretty interesting name. Nimrod is a bit unfortunate, but it originally means hunter, much cooler than what it means now, so I can see why he'd go by the initials.

I actually have a theory that names with "unfortunate" modern meanings are going to come back once those meanings, or the stigma around them, start to fade. Like, I reckon Gaylord will come back once people notice it sounds like Lady Gaga's true title.
Matthew Jones (Guest)
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You are right that Nimrod is 'hunter', but it has taken the connotation of 'nimwit' in our area of the country. And I do think you're right in that old names will come around again.

I also forgot to mention that my wife had a child named Jesus in her classroom one year. Sounds like it would be pronounced "Hay-seus". Nope. It was straight up Jesus. And it was one of those kids that you had to say his name to stay on task. Well, when parent conferences came about, his Dad didn't show up for their conference. My father in law quipped "What?! God didn't show up?!"
anonymous coward (Guest)
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The Holy Father and Jesus were also supposed to be the same guy in addition to being father and son if I remember the relevant theology adequately. By that logic God was there in class each day (except while off sick or skipping). So maybe it's asking too much to want both the Father and the Son to be in the same office at the same time as separate people.

P.S. "As God, the Son of God, I'm omnipresent. So that means I was present in class when I was sleeping in on Monday morning, and you shouldn't have marked me late. I'm always here even when you're not, it's why I'm always bored of class."
Artorigus (Guest)
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I hope this isn’t rude, but Anna kinda looks like a dinosaur in panel 3... Am I the only one who sees it...? Probably...
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh, she definitely looks weird in that panel, not rude at all, just truthful. Sometimes I can't figure out how to fix something so I just leave it be and hope for the best.
junoro
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junoro
Hey, is this the first time we've seen Seth's mom? I might just be forgetting... I do love seeing tiny baby Seth, regardless! What a cutie!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
It is the first time! And yeah, baby Seth is too precious, but I think all babies are cute