Confusion with Ogre Naming Conventions


One of these things is not like the other...

Location: Telaar, Nagrand

Faction: Alliance

Most races in the World of Warcraft have naming conventions.  These are normally common traits that you would find in first or last names.  They create a sense of grouping that you can easily understand.  Such as Blood Elves having names with apostrophes in them (Kael’Thas, Lor’themar, etc) or Gnomish last names pertaining to some great invention (Springseeker, Airslicer, etc).  Normally, if you know enough about the naming conventions of a society, you can usually pick out a name that sounds different.  Take demons for example.  Demons tend to have alot of X’s, Z’s or V’s in their names. Take these three and tell me if you can find the non-demon name: Xavius, Bazzalan, Galakrond.

If you said Galakrond, good for you! Give yourself a cookie.  But today’s odd bit comes from a naming convention that doesn’t necessarily make sense.  In Outland, one of the most common species of sentience creatures is Ogres.  There’s tons of them! Nagrand, Zangarmarsh, and Blade’s Edge. Covered with Ogres.  So you imagine that the Draenei, who were long time natives to Outland, would have some familiarity with Ogre names.  So I would like to address the attached picture to this post. Dump, Lump… or BILLY?!

I mean, how is that even an option? There’s only 2 Billy’s in the entire game and their both in Elwynn.  It’s a human name! There’s no Billy the Orc or Billy the Night Elf.  Those just sound silly. So why does Billy the Ogre seem more sensible?  The actual joke is more along the lines of the fact that Ogres have terrible handwriting. But even if that’s the case, who is going to take it seriously?  If I had a note that looked like it said I Like To Kevin.  Obviously, something does not match up.

Ultimately, the quest ends with you finding Lump.  I really wanted his name to actually turn out to be Billy.  Just to mess with people’s heads. I mean, the name is so far out there in terms of what you would expect for an Ogre, that it really comes off sounding like a Ogre Children’s Book:

In Nagrand, Ogres were everywhere!

You could find them here or there.

There was Lump and Dump and Cho’gall and Mug’thol, and they were fine really.

But one ogre was not like the others, and that ogre was Billy.

Actually, consider how comic relief-ish Lump turns out to be, the name Billy may have actually worked. Billy the Ogre that doesn’t like to eat the Broken, just nibble.

Really, the blame here falls on the shoulders of Huntress Bintook, the Draenei Hunter that gives you the quest.  Any one of us could probably rule out Billy as a possibility, but she actually consinders it.  What does this tell you about the “Huntress.”  Probably that she hasn’t hunted Ogres that much.  Or had much interaction with them.  I mean, I haven’t heard such a dumb idea since the Tauren couldn’t figure out that Serpent lay Serpent Eggs…   wait…  Hooves…  OO;;

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