What is with the strange naming affliction spreading across the nation like a bad flu epidemic?
We have this season's renaming of the major league baseball team the Anaheim Angels. What are they now -- the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles? Or is it the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? Or the Anaheim Angeles? Or is it the -- wait a minute, who cares. As if a name change will fix any problems they may have, on the field or off. And Kentucky Fried Chicken, has recently decided it's actually okay to say the words rather than just "KFC". They're renaming themselves to their original name. Perhaps they've been in therapy and have decided to love themselves for who they really are.
And finally, the most egregiously annoying of all, the combo name game happening in all of the entertainment weeklies and news shows. It started with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez ("Bennifer"), then moved to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ("Brangelina") and now I'm hearing them all talking about "TomKat" (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes). I can just see it now -- any pairing of people or things will now require one of those silly names. Perhaps on "The Today Show", Matt Lauer and Katie Couric will become "Matie" and peanut butter will henceforth be called "peabutt". I hold out hope that the pharmaceutical industry can come up with a naming flu shot quickly, so that we can all get better soon.