Whoops — new winner

Divalent, who won the autographed book, has weighed in, bowing out in favor of Your Name’s Not Bruce? for the reasons below (from a post on the “winner” thread).  What a non-militant and civil thing to do!   YNNBruce?, please email me to claim your prize.

Well, it’s flattering to read the accolades, and get an autographed copy of WEIT (I already have a non-autographed copy) but I think the honorable thing for me to do is to pass the honor to the person who should be (IMO) the rightful winner: “Your Name’s Not Bruce?”.

He listed 5 entries in his original post, with “Faiththeist” as his first, and then later went with his 4th and 5th entries when he discovered the rules limited you to two entries.

(subsequently others noted that the double “th” was redundant).

I merely recognized (as did many others) that it was a very good choice and was fortunate to be able to claimed it when he apparently abandoned it.  But I didn’t “coyne” the word, and I’ll note that at least one other independently proposed it after “Your Name’s Not Bruce?” posted his (and so would arguably have a better claim if “Your Name’s Not Bruce?” has to be eliminated on this technicality).

So, “Your Name’s Not Bruce?” really deserves the win (IMO) because he did the creative act (not me).  But if he doesn’t show up to claim it and you still need to unload the signed copy of WEIT, I know of any number of good high schools in my state (including a few in Cobb Co, GA) that I would prefer to be the recipient.


  1. MadScientist
    Posted July 18, 2009 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! But mind if we call you Bruce just to keep things clear?

    I liked the “muzzle-em’s” as well although I thought it might implicate a less popular (at least in the USA) big religion which is not currently the largest promoter of creationism.

  2. Posted July 18, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Who says atheists have no morals? Way to go divalent. 🙂

    Did anyone suggest “ignorstics”? Ehh… faitheists is a great word – so faitheists they is!

    • Posted July 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      My first entry was “ignorestics”.
      My favorite entry is still “Accomodati”.
      Unfortunately the competition is over as I came up with the perfect word for Chris Mooney’s approach to the religious while watching the new ‘Bruno’ movie.

    • Your Name's Not Bruce?
      Posted July 20, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink

      Gosh; I feel like a dark-horse runner up to Miss America suddenly having to take the tiara and fulfill the duties (whatever the hell they are) entrusted to the winner! I figured I lost out fair and square (having exceeded the number of entries allowed, chosen something else for my “official” ones and leaving the second “th” in). That is very kind of Divalent to decline in my favour. I graciously accept his/her generous offer. And I graciously accept Jerry’s book, which is much better than a tiara! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. Forrester McLeod
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Chivalry! My Southern blood boils happily beneath my daintily thundering heart! 🙂

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  1. […] Bruce Woollatt, who posts under the handle “Your name’s not Bruce?” won an autographed copy of WEIT by coining the term “faitheist.”  I have had some correspondence with him, and learned […]

  2. […] Divalent cedió galantemente su puesto a otro concursante, Your Name's Not Bruce?, quien había propuesto la forma faiththeist y luego la retiró. El término se conecta generalmente con la idea de "fe en la fe" […]

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