What’s In A Name?
Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, Spence, meaning it’s time to discuss the name of a character in the Chet and Bernie series. What’s it going to be this month?
Spencer Quinn: How about Iko, the –
Ms. P: Spoiler alert!
SQ: – gator in The Sound and the Furry? Most of the story takes place in bayou country, and when we think bayous don’t we think gators pretty much first thing? So I thought Chet should encounter a gator, and why not a legendary one? The legendary ones have names, so I needed a name. Everyone knows the rousing and joyous Mardi Gras song Iko Iko, so that was a perfect non-fit. Also, I’ve always understood the word Iko as a derivative, through Creole, of the French écoute, meaning listen. Iko! Iko! – Listen! Listen! There’s a very appropriate urgency in that, as I believe Chet discovers.
Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. See you next month!
Welcome Sammy Sweetpea, Fritz (riding shotgun).
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