Do you name your appliances?

namemoMay 6, 2014


I am currently researching names given to household and office objects for a study at the University of Mainz, Germany. It would be of great help if you could fill out my questionnaire on - if you could share the URL with others, that would be great too, of course. I only ask about the object's names in the questionnaire, not about your names or contact details. The survey is anonymous and only for research purposes (in the field of onomastics).

Many thanks!
Mehmet Aydin

Here is a link that might be useful:

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People name their appliances? That's beyond odd.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:18PM
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I'm guessing this person is a troll. I wouldn't recommend clicking on the link.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 11:44PM
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No, I definitely didn't click it. Lol

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 11:53PM
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I have a GE microwave which I refer to as "Piece of Crap". Does that count?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 8:39AM
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I clicked on the link it goes to a web site, but I didn't go any further. I don't name anything so it really didn't apply to me. None of my virus scanners or other malware scanners popped anything after going there, so, at least for me, it appeared to be safe, but use at your own risk.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 10:08AM
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Err, I am definitely not a troll, and I'm seriously writing a paper on this; if I can get enough data, that is.

And yes, quite a lot of people name their appliances, mostly computers and phones, but also hoovers, fridges, microwaves, even bookends (my favourite so far is a hoover called Gollum). As to why: well, that's one of the things I want to know.

If you don't name any objects, then there's absolutely no need for you to click on that link. If you do, though, your answers would really be helpful to me.

weedmeister, if you consistently refer to that one microwave as "Piece of Crap", that does indeed count. But if you call any appliance that's acting up "Piece of Crap" and the microwave just happens to be called that most often because it's just rubbish, then that's not a name.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 4:26PM
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I don't know anyone who names appliances. Vehicles, yes, but not appliances or gadgets.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 4:39PM
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Lacanche owners name their ranges. We haven't received ours but we are currently calling him Jacque after Jacque Pepin. Someone else on this forum call's their Lacanche Julia. There's a youtube video of a chef in NYC who calls his Lacanche Sofia. Perhaps Lacanche owners are 'beyond odd' or at least very passionate.

I have never named my phone, tv, or vehicle.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 6:02PM
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I should clarify that only some Lacanche owners do this.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 6:32PM
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Well, I do think that a Lacanche (or La Cornue, Molteni, etc.) is different from a regular appliance or gadget.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 7:21PM
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Had a car named "Grandmamobile." Another was "Blue Devil." Can't think of any appliances I've named ... yet. We'll have to come up with one when we order our new range.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 7:33PM
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LOL - I can't resist. I only name the appliances I don't like. Like my DCS range which I call a POS (and I don't mean Point of Sale). It's nickname is stupid POS.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 11:37AM
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I had a swimming pool cleaner that propelled itself around the pool. I went to a pool supply place to get a part for it. The guy behind the counter asked me what its name was?

I sheepishly told him, "The Pool Monster." (Actually named by my talking Bulldogs.)

He indicated that "everyone" had a name for their pool cleaner.

This was in San Diego.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 11:46AM
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