Saturday, July 31, 2010

Give Me Moor!

Wow, really? Really? How did nobody's offensiveness radar go off when you named a nail polish after a race of people, colored it to approximate their skin tone, and then asked to possess them? Follow-up question: if you have a white nail polish, do you need to keep this one next to it at all times so that you don't wake up one day to find your white polish bottle lying mysteriously broken underneath a tiny little pillow? In this case, I think OPI named neither wisely nor too well.

Granted, it is conceivably possible that OPI was going with another definition of "moor" (although not likely, seeing as this comes from the "Espana" collection). If we are talking about land forms, though, a moor is about as unpleasant and useless as you can get. Does whoever named this really want a desolate, infertile, and somewhat soggy piece of English countryside? Nor does swapping from "Moor" to "moor" really improve the romantic connotations in either healthiness or happy endingness.

Let's just agree to cut our losses and stick with the verb, then, shall we? I'll moor you to whatever you want. Just promise to stay there.


  1. Maybe the employee was reading "The Hound of the Baskervilles" while creating this name? Although, that has nothing to do with Espana, maybe the word connection triggered this failed epiphany.

  2. Alyse & Gina--if we can even call it a genuine swing!

    Nihrida--glad you're XDing.

    Breanna--that's what it made me think of, too! But I still find it hard to believe that someone would want anyone to Give Them Moor after reading a novel where half the characters get killed on the moor even though throughout the entire book, everyone keeps dramatically yelling "KEEP AWAY FROM THE MOOR!" every thirty seconds. Even if I didn't come away with anything else from that novel, I did learn that moors=bad news!

  3. Panderbear -- maybe this color is for MOOR-bid people. haha. Wow, that was lame.

  4. They might have been inspired by the colors used in Moorish art and architecture. Dark, rich reds/browns are commonly featured in art from that culture. I wouldn't consider that offensive.

  5. No offense, but if a color is named something smarter than you realize (i.e. art and culture vs simple idea of skin tone), which other readers note, where does that put it on this blog, and your writing on it?