What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and time for What’s In A Name, where Peter Abrahams, aka Spencer Quinn, discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. Here’s one I’ve been wondering about – Georgie Malhouf in THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.

Pete: President of the Great Western Private Eye Association?

Mrs. P: Exactly. The one who offers Bernie five hundred bucks to give that memorable keynote speech at their convention.

Pete: Well, Georgie’s one of those characters we don’t know what to think of for a while, so I thought I’d give him a name to match. “Georgie” is a somewhat comic name for a grown man. Nothing to fear from a Georgie. But “Malhouf” has bad in it.

Mrs. P: Mal being bad in French?

Pete: Précisément! “Houf” reminds us of “hoof” – so bad foot, like – watch out, he kicks! That’s the side of Georgie we see more of as the story progresses. But the comic part never vanishes completely, and is still there at the end when Bernie makes him eat the –

Mrs. P: No spoilers! See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name!


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28 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:52 am on February 15th, 2018

    Post!…What a hilarious post this morning!…chorkel!snort!….And by the way I am FIRST! This hasn’t happened in a Kats age…wheeze!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    10:06 am on February 15th, 2018

    Rats, Rio, this will teach us to sleep in. Congrats Rio.
    We missed Georgie but caught on to the Malhouf 😜.
    Have a thoroughly great Thursday.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:29 am on February 15th, 2018


    RIO! First! What the heck are you doing up so early?

    In keeping with “What’s In a Name”, I was supposed to be named Rosemary (because Rosemary Clooney was my dad’s favorite singer at the time), but the hospital where I was born filled out my birth certificate incorrectly. So instead of Rosemary, I became Rose (first name), Marie (middle name).

    A good day to all!

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:32 am on February 15th, 2018

    If HRH,B checks in, this is for her:


  5. dawson
    10:35 am on February 15th, 2018

    Another fascinating glimpse into the workings of OFA’s brain!
    Now I will have to re-read the ending of The Dog Who Knew Too Much to find out what Bernie makes Georgie eat.

    Rio: What are you doing up so early?!

    I’m watching a bit of ice skating, a bit of hockey, some curling, luge, and skiing.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    10:37 am on February 15th, 2018

    Interesting Info on Mal-Houf.

    Rio 1st on the Blog!

    Wose’s Great What’s in a Name Story!

    What a Cool Way to Start the Day!

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:42 am on February 15th, 2018

    Mom is watching Olympic reruns the next day… curling, hockey, downhill and giant slalom. Why? The DDD and s-son seem to claim the TVs when the sun goes down.

  8. BooBear
    11:14 am on February 15th, 2018

    Rio! You hit the nail on the head with the observation that the winner of Westminster didn’t project personality. That was my problem with him, too. I almost forgot he was even there.

    Good morning, all.

  9. B.Stover
    11:40 am on February 15th, 2018

    I can’t remember what Bernie makes Georgie eat either.

    Thank you for that link Rose. “Rose of Mary”–very interesting. I used to grow the herb. It smells like a pine tree.

    Good morning all.

  10. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:49 pm on February 15th, 2018

    HRH,B: Rosemary looks very much like pine needles.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    5:13 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Wose, not only looks like pine, sometimes tastes like it!

  12. BearSpiritDog
    5:26 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Schnauzers Rioting Outside Madison Square Garden Following Westminster Dog Show Defeat:

  13. Herd of Hounds
    7:05 pm on February 15th, 2018

    BSD, you are cracking us up.

  14. dawson
    7:27 pm on February 15th, 2018

    CHobbitz: Today in the mail I got a Christmas card returned that I had sent to you from Montana last December. It did not have a stamp on it! I wonder where it has been all this time.

    I did have one other Christmas card returned. It was one I’d sent to the Fourhawks (it had a stamp on it) which is weird because I sent a small package a little later to the same address and it got through.

  15. dawson
    7:55 pm on February 15th, 2018

    The Dog Who Knew Too Much!
    What an action-packed book. Now I remember what Bernie made Little Boy Badfoot eat. Heh, heh! Georgie was no match for Bernie!

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on February 15th, 2018

    First!…I’ve been First all day long!…snort!…I feel like an Olympic Blog Gold Winner…hehheh!…For the life of me I cannot remember if Bernie made Georgie eat anything…wheeze!

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Bummed!..I’m still bummed about Westminster Best In Show….grump!…It should have been between the Pug and the Spaniel…sniff!…Nobody was excited about the Puffy Puff. Sure they are cute, but that one was dead inside…wheeeze!

  18. Hobbitz
    8:50 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Dawson: my Christmas card to the FourHawks was returned also!
    Thursday’s are my particularly busy day. Will leave home in an hour for a meeting. But the good news is that it is still daylight! We are gaining 5.30 minutes a Day now. Yay

  19. Ole Doc
    8:58 pm on February 15th, 2018

    What I appreciated about Biggie is that he got carried around like a football in some of the footage I saw. He is living the dream. My Lady refuses to carry me around under her arm. Grump!

  20. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Carried!…I have to think all Pugs get carried around like a football. All Pugs except me and Beau. I can’t stand being carried and Beau was altogether apposed to being lifted up in any way shape or form. Even though he does love football…heh!heh!

  21. BearSpiritDog
    9:45 pm on February 15th, 2018

    If any of Youse sent cards to the Storyteller and Golinka at the POB address they would be returned.

  22. Masquers
    9:49 pm on February 15th, 2018

    They have been using their street address for some time.

  23. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Maskers!…You couldn’t tell everyone about this before Christmas?…snort!…You Facebookie people are just secretive I guess…grunt!

  24. Thieves!
    10:15 pm on February 15th, 2018

    We have been giving it some serious thought, and we think we would like to be bobsledders. There is something about running, hopping in and driving it like you stole it that just speaks to us. We have no idea why.

  25. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Thieves!…Heh!..I would really love to see that…snort!

  26. Thieves!
    10:43 pm on February 15th, 2018

    Rio: You could be our Coach!

  27. Masquers
    7:40 am on February 16th, 2018

    Riõ! Golinka herself informed the Plunderers she was no longer using the POB whilst still posting on the blog. Otherwise, believe me, this little bit of pertinent information would not have remained in my tiny kat memory. Heh.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    9:00 am on February 16th, 2018

    Watching the Thieves in the Luge Competition would Definitely be the Highlight of the Olympics!

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