Duana Taha

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Duana is a television screenwriter whose credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, Lost Girl, Lost & Found Studios, and many more. On LaineyGossip.com, she raves about television, feminism, and "Hamilton", and writes the popular name column "Duana Names". She also hosts the hit podcast 'Show Your Work' with Elaine Lui, and is the author of the bestselling book, 'The Name Therapist'.

Duana Names: Joke’s On Us

Duana Posted by Duana at August 16, 2019 19:56:26 August 16, 2019 19:56:26
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Duana,  There are two things I’m certain about: (1) the universe has a great sense of humor, because it decided I would have a third son; and (2) naming this little bugger is impossible.  My husband and I didn’t even have to debate over our first two boys. He had always wanted a boy named Owen (his father’s middle name) and I immediately liked it. Full Story

Duana Names: The Mathematical Equivalent Of The Perfect Name

Duana Posted by Duana at August 15, 2019 20:32:57 August 15, 2019 20:32:57
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Hi Duana,  My husband and I are expecting our first baby in late August. We have a boy's name nailed down - it will be Samson after my husband's late grandfather - but we are struggling to agree on a girl's name. We typically like more old-fashioned names that are still pretty sounding and ones that work equally well for a small baby or a grown woman. Full Story

Little Women Grows Up With Us

Duana Posted by Duana at August 14, 2019 15:50:15 August 14, 2019 15:50:15

Wowwwww. Clearly Lainey and I have made a mistake on Show Your Work, because we have yet to talk about the importance of having A Muse, and clearly it is working out for Greta Gerwig.  Have you seen this trailer?    Little Women has been highly anticipated and highly debated, because it means so much to so many of us, and because somehow despite being old fashioned it’s always felt extremely relevant – like, were there no books about girls and sibling rivalry before this? About having artistic ambitions? Probably not, and that’s why it’s always spoken so loudly – if you haven’t heard it, here’s a This American Life story from a few weeks ago Full Story

Duana Names: …And It Says Its Own Name

Duana Posted by Duana at August 12, 2019 20:03:09 August 12, 2019 20:03:09
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Hi Duana, I'm losing my mind trying to find a name for my 3rd child (gender unknown). I need something that "goes" with the first two children but isn't too matchy-matchy. I love strong meanings but the name also has to be "pretty". My elder two are Aeron-James (he is almost exclusively called AJ) and Ariya. Full Story

BH90210 Pilot: too smart? 

Duana Posted by Duana at August 9, 2019 17:46:26 August 9, 2019 17:46:26
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Look, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Lainey and I have complained, kind of a lot, about the fact that people don’t read. Not you, of course, you’re here reading this and tons of other word-related content but… people. They don’t read.  And obviously they don’t, I dunno, watch any social media or anything else either? Because the outcry about how BH90210, as it’s being styled, disappointed fans by being about Jason, Tori, Jennie, and Ian, as opposed to Brandon, Donna, Kelly, and Steve – it’s kind of baffling to me. Full Story

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Beverly Hills, 90210 Arrives …

Duana Posted by Duana at August 7, 2019 19:01:19 August 7, 2019 19:01:19
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It’s tonight. Tonight, the show-within-a-show revival of 90210 drops – I had known a few months ago that indeed it would be a birthday present for me, but I forgot that it was happening, so this was a treat.  For other shows, obviously the play might be to release a clip or a viral video or something, but this is 90210, you know the song in your bones, and so do I, and the credits, where it was clearly the actors and not the characters who were interacting, were a special insider treat – so this is exactly what it was supposed to be. Full Story

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Duana Names: There’s Something About Allie

Duana Posted by Duana at August 2, 2019 19:49:09 August 2, 2019 19:49:09
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Hi Duana, Like many, I’m a long time reader and first time writer.  After two rounds of IVF, we are having our only/first child in August! We don’t know the sex, so are trying to come up with a list of potential names. We’re a little lost. People don’t seem keen to provide us with suggestions, so I’m reaching out to you for help. Full Story

Duana Names: Onion is No Apple

Duana Posted by Duana at July 31, 2019 20:20:59 July 31, 2019 20:20:59
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Hi Duana, My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of July. We are having a boy and we had the name picked out, Luke Johnson, but it looks like we won't be able to use Luke anymore. My husband shared the name with his family and they hated it! Luke sounds exactly like the word for "onion" in their language. Full Story

Veronica Mars Season 4 Review

Duana Posted by Duana at July 29, 2019 19:00:21 July 29, 2019 19:00:21

I waited. I wanted to watch all the episodes at once, and without getting spoiled so I was incredibly flattered that there were people who wanted to hear my thoughts, and I thought I’d need to organize my ideas into categories and things.  But it turns out there’s only one real question at the end of Veronica Mars …  Was that necessary?  (That’s the last oblique sentence I’m going to type, by the way. Full Story

Duana Names: Whatever He Likes This Week

Duana Posted by Duana at July 26, 2019 19:25:14 July 26, 2019 19:25:14
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Hi Duana, I'm due in just over a month with my first and only child who we have already named Grayson. It was quick and easy, decided years ago and though the new popularity of the name bums me out, it's his name no matter what. The middle name, however, is an ongoing saga due to my husband disliking all of our previous choices or my mom criticizing the ones we do like. Full Story

Duana Names: What’s In Bloom? 

Duana Posted by Duana at July 24, 2019 20:25:06 July 24, 2019 20:25:06
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Hi Duana,    My cousin told me she reached out to you when naming her daughter and that you were very helpful. I'd love to hear your thoughts and advice on our situation if you care to read it:)    My husband and I are expecting a baby girl and are getting nowhere fast with naming her. Full Story