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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:11 PM

"Rafalca" - What is the genesis of this name? Does it mean anything?

How did the Romneys come up with such a goofy name? I've never heard it before...is it French for equine for rich douchebag?

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Reply "Rafalca" - What is the genesis of this name? Does it mean anything? (Original post)
Pryderi Aug 2012 OP
hlthe2b Aug 2012 #1
Bucky Aug 2012 #2
Enrique Aug 2012 #18
Drunken Irishman Aug 2012 #31
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #3
Drunken Irishman Aug 2012 #32
Raine Aug 2012 #37
pinboy3niner Aug 2012 #4
cthulu2016 Aug 2012 #5
dogknob Aug 2012 #27
goclark Aug 2012 #35
Brickbat Aug 2012 #6
Ganja Ninja Aug 2012 #9
Igel Aug 2012 #20
Brickbat Aug 2012 #21
upaloopa Aug 2012 #7
nadinbrzezinski Aug 2012 #8
Voice for Peace Aug 2012 #10
Chiyo-chichi Aug 2012 #13
Chiyo-chichi Aug 2012 #11
Voice for Peace Aug 2012 #12
Pryderi Aug 2012 #15
randome Aug 2012 #14
ananda Aug 2012 #16
eppur_se_muova Aug 2012 #17
JVS Aug 2012 #19
Zilker Aug 2012 #22
MADem Aug 2012 #24
magical thyme Aug 2012 #23
jmowreader Aug 2012 #25
Kalidurga Aug 2012 #26
Raine Aug 2012 #38
DBoon Aug 2012 #28
longship Aug 2012 #29
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 #30
Danmel Aug 2012 #33
Canuckistanian Aug 2012 #34
bongbong Aug 2012 #36

Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:13 PM

1. Probably named by the breeder as is typical... I wouldn't try to draw any conclusions on this...

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:16 PM

2. I believe it refers to a small French salad, or a key-ring on a bassoon.

Either that, or it's an Arabic word denoting the coloration of an Angel's wings.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:56 PM

18. those were my three guesses too

gmta.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:33 PM

31. It's Koine Greek for cock ring.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:19 PM

3. Registered animals usually are "pre-named" when people buy them

Our Lab came to us named "Tasha Marie III".. She was "Toshie" to us.

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:33 PM

32. Not III?

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:44 AM

37. Yes I had a Standard Poodle came with the name "Bidels Noire Amoure" she was "Jill" to us. nt

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:19 PM

4. The literal translation...

"Kiss our ring, and then kiss our ass."

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. I looked into this. No meaning. It is

slightly derived from the dam and grand-dam's names, but doesn't seem to mean anything in any language.

Not even any good anagrams

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:55 PM

27. A Alf Car?


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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 12:12 AM

35. Just like his owners

The MittWit family doesn't seem to mean anything in any language.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:21 PM

6. Rafalca out of Ratine out of Falconia.

Sired by Argentinus. I'm guessing it's a combo of made-up names.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:25 PM

9. Yeah I tried to put it in the google translator and came up with nothing.

But combination names are pretty standard in horse breeding.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:17 PM

20. Wins as "most plausible." n/t

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Response to Igel (Reply #20)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:51 PM

21. Least funny, however.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:22 PM

7. I use to own some registered Arabians

Their registered names were given by the breeders when they were registered and was some combination of the name of the sire and dam who were also registered.

One of our horses had a registered name of Bask Calidea and we called her Bask.

It could be similar with Romney's horse.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:23 PM

8. Connie was named before we got her as a three month old conure

by the breeder... chances are something similar. Three years later the clutch was named after Hawaiian plants, I am glad connie was named something we could pronounce.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:31 PM

10. maybe it's a whatchamacallit

yet to be decoded... R.A.F.A.L.C.A.

sorry about poor word recall, I think my brain's going bad

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:33 PM

13. "acronym"

See my post below.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:31 PM

11. It stands for "Rich as fuck, avoids lower-class assholes."

Of course.

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Response to Chiyo-chichi (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:33 PM

12. heh there ya go

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Response to Chiyo-chichi (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:43 PM

15. *ding*ding*ding* Sounds good to me! n/t

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:36 PM

14. It means nothing. Like Romney.

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Response to randome (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:45 PM

16. But it has three syllables.

Lol

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:55 PM

17. It's "aclafar", spelled backwards.

Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: "Mank ind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words- "mank" and "ind". What do these words mean ? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.

http://www.skyrush.com/joe/deep_thoughts.html

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:59 PM

19. Gaelic for "wild horse sex".

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 03:09 PM

22. Rich as fuck, Anne's loss carryover asset

or

Romney Animal Fearful About Long Car Adventures

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Response to Zilker (Reply #22)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 04:38 PM

24. Welcome to DU and well done. The second one is a gem! nt

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 03:19 PM

23. "R" line in the German Oldenburg stud; nothing more, nothing less

German warmbloods are named with the 1st initial of their father's name. In this way, they have produced several "lines" of warmbloods with recognizable characteristics. It is a marketing technique, and has been a very successful one. For example, I knew immediately that Ann's famous fraud involving Super Hit was a horse tracing back to the famous Sandro Hit.

Over time, they run out of names, so sometimes just make things up. Maybe it's a combination of father's and mother's name. Who knows?

The "R" lines trace back to the stallion Rubenstein. They are known for calmer temperaments that are good for adult amateurs, with gaits and talent to satisfy their professional trainers. They tend to be late developers, with very good canters, but their trot takes time to bring out.

A former Olympian and American, Lisa Wilcox, works for a major German breeder riding his "R" line stallions. She rode in the Olympics on Rohdiamont (red diamond). (She is, by the way, Ebeling's ex. She preferred to stay in Germany and train with the best. Ended up employed by a top German breeder and beat her ex to the Olympics).

The leading rider representing the US in this Olympics is the German Stefan Peters, on another "R" line stallion, Ravel (no translation needed here, lol).

Other popular lines are the "B" line (traces back to the arabian Bolero. they like to mix some t-bred or arab in, but prefer their "blood" at F5); the "W" line (the Hanoverian World Cup, usually through Weltmeyer or Warkant); the "D" line (traces to the Hanoverian Donnerhall); the "F" line (traces to Wendekreis, but they switched his line to "F" to differentiate from "W." The W's are dressage specialists; the F's are generalists.

Note that the European warmbloods are not breeds, but registries. They have an approval system based on quality; not all of their horses are approved for breeding and eligible for registry. Except for the the Trakehners, which are a true breed, they are a mix of native draft, trakehners, arabians, and t-breds that has been refined over many generations through their standardized breeding program. Each region has its own registries; thus the Oldenburgs, Hanoverians, Holsteiners, etc. Cross-approvals happen all the time. And the Dutch Warmblood Society jumped the pack into its race with Germany to dominate dressage by crossing a lot of German Warmbloods into their native horses.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:38 PM

25. The Romneys probably hired a branding firm to come up with it

A modern-day brand (one like Velveeta, not the kind you put on with a branding iron) needs to not mean anything and to be memorable.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:49 PM

26. Am I the only one that feels sorry for that poor horse...

I am glad the Romney's didn't name her, it would have very likely been worse. But, seriously the horse is owned by the Romney's I really can't think of many things worse than that to befall a horse.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #26)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:48 AM

38. Me do too, it's not it's fault it has a name like that

I doubt Rmoney's even cared about it enough to give it a name.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:01 PM

28. Translated from space alien it means

"To Serve Man"

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:11 PM

29. Translates to "smegma"

A perfect confluence.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:23 PM

30. Translates to "rooftop dog carrier"

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

33. It is bahamian

For tax deduction.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 12:06 AM

34. I believe it's Aramaic

Loosely translated as "sucker!"

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 02:24 AM

36. Translated

 

Finally! I found a website that identified the language.

Rafalca is a word in the language "Billionairese". It means "Fuck you, I got mine"

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