“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Weird newspaper names
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Since I hail from a four-generation newspaper family, I'm a newspaper junkie, and I love quirky newspaper names. Some of my favorites:

The Macon Telegraph, where my wife got her first publisher job. It's just a solid, old-sounding name, isn't it?

The Tulsa World. Cute. Like a little boy wearing his dad's suit, trying to be something he isn't. (And if you've seen a copy of the Tulsa World, you'd know what I mean.)

The Times-Picayune New Orleans' historically awful newspaper. You've got to wonder what the hell a Picayune is, don't you?

Polk Progress from Polk, Nebraska. Underneath the name it says "Slower is better" with an illustration of a cute little snail.

But my favorite, which I discovered during my recent author junket to Girlfriends Weekend, is the newspaper in Jefferson, Texas. It's called ...

The Jimplecute

I kid you not: The Jimplecute. And then, when you look closer, in little words beneath the title it says this: Join industry, manufacturing, planting, labor, energy, capital (in) unity together everlasting.

Take the first letter of each word, and you have Jimplecute.

There are some times you can't use reality in fiction because it's so odd that no one would believe it, and fiction, to be effective, must be believable. I believe Jimplecute falls into this category, don't you?


Blogger Susan Cushman said...

That's why I write creative nonfiction. As they say over at the CNF Journal, "You can't make this stuff up!" But hey, I'd believe a paper named Jimplecute if it was in a Southern novel:-)

February 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

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