By Stevyn Colgan

Two aristocrats. One fortune. A geriatric circus. A tale of greed, deceit and incontinent elephants.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

The Clown is Named

Thank you so much to all of you who responded to my request for a new name for Bozo the Polish clown - one of the main characters in Cockerings.

As you'll recall, I found out that I couldn't use 'Bozo' due to copyright issues. And I didn't want to use a name that's currently in use by a currently registered professional clown.

So I asked you guys. And you came through.

I had some cracking submissions like Bufu, Ozbo, Skegcorn and the delightful Naughty Bertram. I had Grimdo (a tribute to Grimaldi), Tuss (a Cornish insult), Bald Ali Buccoli (an anagram of 'Diabolical Club' - my previous book. Clever!), and Bobo ('because it was the name my family gave to a vagina when we were kids'), There were suggestions that played with the clown's Eastern European origins such as Blazen and Pajac which both mean 'clown'.  And, unsuprisingly, a lot of suggestions of Bojo. I can't think why ...

But the winner is ...

It sounds like a clown name, doesn't it? Gloopy. Glupi. I love it.

And it's Polish for 'stupid', which is singularly appropriate..

So thank you Tom Stevens!

Bye bye Bozo.

Hello Glupi!


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Ewan Lawrie
 Ewan Lawrie says:

It's the Russian word for stupid too, Stevyn, I love the look of it in cyrillic script... глупый

posted 23rd August 2019

Mark Vent
 Mark Vent says:

Great name! I can imagine him tottering around the circus ring with a rather flaccid & gloopy custard pie.

posted 23rd August 2019

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