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Silly afternoon poll [Mar. 7th, 2012|03:29 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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Which US Presidential middle name do you like least? Remember, you're voting on the name, not the guy.

Poll #1824845 Presidential Middle Names

Which is the worst Presidential Middle Name?

Quincy
2(2.2%)
Henry
1(1.1%)
Knox
2(2.2%)
S.
17(18.5%)
Birchard
28(30.4%)
Abram
1(1.1%)
Alan
0(0.0%)
Grover (I know! I thought it was his first name too!)
7(7.6%)
Howard
0(0.0%)
Woodrow (that one I knew was not his first name)
0(0.0%)
Gamaliel
33(35.9%)
Calvin (all these middle names used as first names!)
1(1.1%)

And of these?

Clark
1(1.1%)
Delano
3(3.4%)
David
0(0.0%)
Fitzgerald
0(0.0%)
Baines
7(7.9%)
Milhous
56(62.9%)
Rudolph
4(4.5%)
Earl
10(11.2%)
Wilson
0(0.0%)
Herbert
6(6.7%)
Jefferson
0(0.0%)
Walker
1(1.1%)
Hussein
1(1.1%)


Yeah, I'll have a run-off, probably. Unless there's a clear consensus. I'm looking at you, Gamaliel.
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[User Picture]From: clarentine
2012-03-07 09:34 pm (UTC)
Milhous needs an "e" to my eye. >:-)
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[User Picture]From: swan_tower
2012-03-07 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no kidding. And another L, ideally. "Millhouse," I coudl be okay with. But "Milhous" just looks squished.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-03-07 09:40 pm (UTC)
I read it twice on Wikipedia to make sure. I mean, Wikipedia is not the world's only source. But still, it's the sort of thing they'd tend to fight over if wrong.
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[User Picture]From: juliansinger
2012-03-07 09:50 pm (UTC)
I like Gamaliel! It rolls trippingly off the tongue. Grover's just... Groveresque.
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[User Picture]From: teleidoplex
2012-03-09 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say Gamaliel is actually my _favorite_ name on either list. If I had kids, it'd be a contender.

Says the girl who seriously floated the idea of "Avada Kedavra Higgins" as a potential name. It'd be great! Her name is a killing word!
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[User Picture]From: stillsostrange
2012-03-07 09:50 pm (UTC)
Gamaliel: Galadriel's less popular cousin?
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[User Picture]From: alecaustin
2012-03-07 10:38 pm (UTC)
I was lobbying for her to add obscure Tolkien characters into the poll, but alas, twas not to be...
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2012-03-07 09:51 pm (UTC)
I just had no idea any we'd ever had a Tolkien elf as President. Or perhaps one of the less-well-known archangels.
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[User Picture]From: swan_tower
2012-03-07 09:53 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's more the latter.
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[User Picture]From: fidelioscabinet
2012-03-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
Gamaliel the Elder was a member of the Sanhedrin and the Apostle Paul's law teacher. He's a saint of both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, although there's no good evidence he was a Christian.
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-03-07 10:05 pm (UTC)
I love Gamaliel!
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[User Picture]From: akitrom
2012-03-07 10:09 pm (UTC)
Now that I've researched it, I do, too. It's a good touchstone; Harding could have used more rabbinical wisdom.
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[User Picture]From: rachelmanija
2012-03-07 10:39 pm (UTC)
Grover is only one consonant away from grovel.

Delano and Walker are kind of cool.
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[User Picture]From: madwriter
2012-03-07 11:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know, Gamaliel strikes me not so much as a bad name, but someone who might pull out a flaming sword and smite me if I piss them off in a dark alley.
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[User Picture]From: nenya_kanadka
2012-03-07 11:36 pm (UTC)
I can't believe Gamaliel is winning/losing! It's a very euphonic name to me. (Also, I have always liked the story about him mentoring St Paul--and oh, neat, he was an actual guy with enough history to have an article on Wikipedia? Cool!)

Milhous on the other hand. IDK. It reminds me of a scrunched-up dirty grey mouse. And may also be one I have difficulty separating in my head from the bearer of it.
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[User Picture]From: dancing_crow
2012-03-08 01:20 am (UTC)
There's an Al Stewart song from his album Past Present and Future:

Warren Gameliel Harding
Alone in the White House, watching the sun
Come up on the morning of 1921
I just want someone to talk to
To talk to
To talk to

which is the only reason I knew who that one was....
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[User Picture]From: kizmet_42
2012-03-08 06:29 pm (UTC)
+1

Love Al Stewart. His songs are so useful when I play trivia.
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2012-03-08 02:04 am (UTC)
I must join the chorus defending Gamaliel. It is the BEST middle name on the list.

P.
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[User Picture]From: nenya_kanadka
2012-03-08 04:46 am (UTC)
Birchard's only two votes behind right now! Maybe I should change my vote, I forget who I voted for but I know it was neither of those. :D
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[User Picture]From: thanate
2012-03-08 02:37 am (UTC)
I actually knew a Gamaliel (first name, not middle, so far as I'm aware) in college, and always thought it was a pretty cool name.
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[User Picture]From: merriehaskell
2012-03-08 02:52 pm (UTC)
What's with the Gamaliel hate?

I just want Milhous to be spelled right. And S. is a cheap copout. Otherwise, they're really unexceptional or interesting, and I couldn't rank them.
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[User Picture]From: elisem
2012-03-15 01:55 am (UTC)
S. may be a cheap copout, but S is rather cool. See comment below.
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[User Picture]From: tool_of_satan
2012-03-08 09:24 pm (UTC)
No "Ulysses?"
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-03-08 09:43 pm (UTC)
He changed it from Hiram Ulysses to Ulysses S.
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[User Picture]From: tool_of_satan
2012-03-08 09:46 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, but if it were my poll I would let it in on a technicality. I suppose it doesn't matter since it's pretty clearly not the worst middle name.
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[User Picture]From: elisem
2012-03-15 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh, it's Grant you're thinking of, not Truman. I was thinking Truman, and also thinking that it weirds me out to put a period after Truman's S because it was his entire middle name, not an initial.

I knew that because when my grandfather Americanized his name, he changed the Straarup to S and said, I am told, "If it was good enough for Harry Truman it is good enough for me."
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[User Picture]From: redbird
2012-03-09 12:15 am (UTC)
This now has me assembling them into new and mostly implausible combinations as people's names: Hussein Walker Fitzgerald. Herbert Earl Jefferson (that one, I wouldn't be astounded to hear was an actual person's name). Rudolph Delano Clark. Alan Gamaliel Knox. Howard S. Quincy.

Or, "which of these are the first name of anyone you know?" I know an Alan (and an Allen or three) and a Howard and some Davids, and probably a Henry though I can't place any offhand. I am fairly sure I would remember if I knew a Rudolph (personally, I mean: "I voted against him a couple of times" doesn't count).
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