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: Playing The Right Tune

Duana Posted by Duana at April 3, 2020 19:34:30 April 3, 2020 19:34:30
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Hi Duana, I love your column, and I have read it since the very beginning! And now since I'm having my first child I decided to actually write in! Anyways, in an attempt to distract myself from the scary world happenings and self-isolation, I have been thinking a lot about the name of my daughter. Full Story

Duana Names: All In The Family…

Duana Posted by Duana at April 1, 2020 19:37:47 April 1, 2020 19:37:47
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Dear Duana, We’re expecting second child in April (another girl!) and my husband and I, to no one’s surprise, cannot agree on any names. It’s a miracle we were able to agree on our first daughter’s name “Florence Amina”, we call her “Flo”. What is making it so difficult this time is that Flo’s name has personal meaning behind it: “Florence” is our favourite destination from our honeymoon and “Amina” is after my late grandmother. Full Story

Duana Names: The Names Aren’t Real In Real Life!

Duana Posted by Duana at March 30, 2020 20:05:13 March 30, 2020 20:05:13
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Duana, Long time reader, second time caller. I love your column and had hoped all your advice and wisdom would keep me out of my current predicament. Baby Girl was born March 21 and remains nameless. When we first left the hospital with our unnamed girl I felt great relief, and even success - I would have the time to properly try on our short list and choose the one that was “right”. Full Story


Duana Posted by Duana at March 27, 2020 19:54:48 March 27, 2020 19:54:48
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Hi Duana,   I just want to say first that I LOVE your column and have been reading since way before getting pregnant.   You recently mentioned the name Nova in one of your columns and that you were surprised it wasn’t used more. I thought it was a bit unusual at first but the more I think about it the more excited I get about the name! However, I was looking into our BC name stats for babies and it seems like Nova IS getting more and more popular which I am nervous about. Full Story

Cardi B’s COVID-19 Seminar

Duana Posted by Duana at March 26, 2020 16:55:55 March 26, 2020 16:55:55
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I am always amused when celebrities refer to “celebrities” in the third person, as though they’re not it. Obviously, I am currently/perpetually doing post-doctoral work in the various strata of stars (who are we kidding) but usually when famous people refer to “celebrities” like they’re not a part of that category, I’m annoyed. Full Story

Pretty Woman: a Feminist Icon on film

Duana Posted by Duana at March 23, 2020 16:19:28 March 23, 2020 16:19:28

Oh, yo. Oh, yo. Catch this…  Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Pretty Woman! If you, like me, were forever changed and shaped by this film, then I wish you a happy anniversary, and apologies that we can no longer deny the march of time. Although given that most of us memorized this movie through rigorous viewings of the VHS tape, we may have a year or so’s grace. Full Story

Duana Names: Back Home Voweler (with thanks to SNL)

Duana Posted by Duana at March 18, 2020 19:54:39 March 18, 2020 19:54:39
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Dear Duana, Like many people that write to you, I’ve been reading your column for years.  I always assumed that when I finally became pregnant, one of the first things I would do is write to you for help.  However, my son’s name came to me in a flash and I never really considered anything else. Full Story

Duana Names: Short, Yes – But Not Like That

Duana Posted by Duana at March 16, 2020 20:11:57 March 16, 2020 20:11:57
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Hi Duana! We are expecting our second son in a week, and he has no name. You were so helpful with our firstborn! I knew I had to turn to you for our predicament: We had a list of one syllable names (Hugh, Dean) but have lately realized that we like those names written down more than we like to say them (though I love Huey!) We need another syllable to chew on. Full Story

Duana Names: But What About… Everything!?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2020 20:10:35 March 13, 2020 20:10:35
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Hi Duana, We're pregnant without our second--this time a girl. She's due in early April. Our son is Luca Alexander (Alexander is a family name) and he has a hyphenated last name (two syllable name that starts with S - another two syllable that starts with B). It's a mouthful, but we don't care--we both felt strongly about hyphenating. Full Story

Show Your Work: (Grey’s) Anatomy of A Writer’s Room

Duana Posted by Duana at March 11, 2020 19:12:48 March 11, 2020 19:12:48
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I think at this point in the Golden Age of Television, we need a word for shows that remain, against all odds, in our consciousness and vocabulary. Like the fact that Friends is so squarely 90s, but still clearly resonates with teens and 20somethings who weren’t alive when it was on the air. Curb Your Enthusiasm started 20 years ago, but still has juice and the ability to create catchphrases. Full Story

Duana Names: Statistical Analysis, Superbly Annotated

Duana Posted by Duana at March 9, 2020 20:18:13 March 9, 2020 20:18:13

Dear Duana,   I have eagerly devoured every one of your columns for years now, despite steadfastly professing (to anyone who dared ask) that I would never have children! But after stubbornly holding out for over a decade, fate stepped in and dealt us a sweet hand; two big fat X chromosomes. Once I overcame the initial shock (I may have momentarily passed out and hit my head on a toilet roll holder when I saw that second pink line materialise), I found myself surprisingly overjoyed with this tale-as-old-as-time turn of events. Full Story