*disclaimer..."related" is used loosely here and I shall be the final judge
I've been struggling to rename a couple of my characters. Somehow most of them ended up with "D" names and while I liked them all individually, I didn't want that many collectively. So, I thought I'd start by rechristening my villain.
The first name was easy. The last name I wanted something that sounded evil but not the word evil, y'know? I wanted something subtler than Cruella DeVil. I headed to the online thesaurus, looking for inspiration in the synonyms of his personality traits. I quickly discovered the word I needed.
(I'm not going to share it here because I did a quick Google search and there is a man out there with my perfectly evil name and until I've "found" Craig Niedermaier, I don't want to lure any other innocent men into my web.)
ANYHOW, in the sidebar next to the inspiration for perfect last name, was THIS list of ten words for things you didn't know had names. And the #1 word was philtrum - that little groove above your lip.
I promised to tie this in to renaming characters, and I could quit here, but I can take this one step further.
Not long after hubs and I met, he told me he was watching late night TV and discovered that groove above your lip had a name. He said it was the flectium (Fleck-Tee-Um). We called it that for years, even made jokes about people with large ones.
Eventually, we learned its proper name was philtrum, so that body part was RENAMED. Personally, I still like calling it the flectium, it has a little more pizazz.
Before you go, you should check out this list of insults. You know, so you can insult someone without them realizing it. It's an underpracticed art, I think.