Well, that whole thing of changing the name of swine flu over to 1a81i111 flu was a scorching fucking success, eh? Well done. It didn’t work. Every news service I’ve seen is still calling it Swine Flu.
It’s interesting I think. Naming stuff. I find it ironic that it was the pig-eating industry that was losing money bigtime, and were the ones pushing to have the name changed, when essentially it was their doing that got the virus crossed over from pigs to people in the first place.
I’m too far gone to change the theme of my english studies master’s thesis for next year now. It’s going to be on the grunge scene, but what would’ve been far more original is doing it on the nature of naming things. It’s one of my hidden talents—naming things. Maybe I can do my PHD on that. Then I will found a thinktank that can be hired out for vast sums of money when someone like a govt or a gigantic corporation needs help thinking up a name. Because the Tank will be independent of any nation we’ll probably take up residence on a secret island somewhere to the west of Japan, like on Thunderbirds.
For example, if Obama had come to me to ask what a good new name for the swine flu is, I would’ve said like the title; the Pig.
“I was going to go for a bike ride today but I’m feeling a bit under the weather. In fact, I think I’ve got the Pig.”