Last night we learned that Brendon and Rachel have a very special, very private pet name for each other: Booki. Or is it Bookie? Or is it Buki? Which is it? We must standardize this term of endearment so that we can properly mock it. Here are the spelling options:
Bookie: This seems to be people’s first spelling instinct as it’s reminiscent of the more widely used “Pookie.” However, “Bookie” is an actual word, and it refers to people who book bets at horse tracks and casinos, etc. Not a problem in and of itself, but the word “bookie” actually rhymes with “Snooki,” whereas Brendon’s nickname rhymes with “Pookie.” Clearly, this path leads to confusion, and thus I cannot recommend this spelling.
Boo-kie: Throwing in a hyphen takes care of the “Snooki” rhyme, but it also undermines the quick efficiency of the word. Now it becomes a bit too drawn out. And oddly enough, I occasionally read it as “Bokie.” Fail.
Buki: “Buki” seems to be an ideal spelling as it is reminiscent of the word “Kabuki,” and thus nails the whole pronunciation element. However, visually, it just doesn’t connote the cutesy, “demasculinitizing” qualities of the nickname. It almost appears high-minded, probably thanks the multicultural Japanese undertones. It just doesn’t work for me.
Booki: This is the spelling I used in my photocap, but I see now that it may lead readers to rhyme it with “Snooki” based on the similar spellings, and once again, that’s just not the sound we’re going for. However, the little -i at the end of the word makes it cute and almost demands that one pronounce the -oooo and not the -uh.
Booky: Ideally “Booky” would rhyme with “Spooky,” but in practice, it falls in the Snooki trap again. Plus, it looks like an adjective pertaining to books, even though it is a completely made-up word.
Bookey: Ah, this may be what we’re looking for. “Bookey” has the condescending but endearing visual appeal of “pookie,” and the -ey suffix keeps the double o’s sounding round and “spooky.” Still, it could fall in the Snooki trap. It’s just so hard to tell!
What say you? I’m between Booki and Bookey. Any write-in suggestions?
Also, forward this along to any Big Brother communities you may be a part of in order to help drive a consensus. This is obviously very important.