Sorry, but 'Ferry McFerryface' is a stale, unimaginative insult

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:07:02 AM. Think Ferry McFerryface is funny? At best it's a stale joke. At worst, it's an insult to the great people the other Sydney ferries are named after.
Photo: Think this is just a fun joke? Not everyone is laughing. (Supplied: Transport for NSW) It's one thing to hold a competition to name the new Sydney ferry fleet. It was a great idea to allow Sydneysiders to have a bit of fun with silly names. God knows, we all need a bit of a laugh at the moment (thank you, Canberra). It is something else altogether for the NSW Government to act on the absurdity, but there's nothing remotely funny about the chosen name "Ferry McFerryface". To the surprise of absolutely nobody, "Boaty McBoatface" was the people's choice but, of course, that was the name the Brits had dubiously chosen last year for a new polar research vessel. Thankfully, sanity prevailed and the grown-ups in charge opted for the much less frivolous and far more meaningful "Sir David Attenborough". No such adult behaviour in Sydney. The otherwise very sensible NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance drank the Kool-Aid. "Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour's newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike," he declared. But not only is it a stupid name, the whole "Mc" thing is a bad joke well past its use-by date. It was mildly amusing a year ago, but as soon as the Swedes (the Swedes!) had their moment of madness with "Trainy McTrainface" we all should have known where this naming fad would end up. External Link: Tweet: Mark Humphries Are we really that unimaginative to plagiarise such a tired, stale concept? The mother country has...Read more
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