Category Archives: Team Names

What Does “Tir Na Nog” Mean Anyway?

I had a team at the Tolbooth the other night named Tir Na Nog.

The fascinating thing wasn’t that they managed to spell their team name about five different ways in five different rounds, but the name itself.

I was sure I’d seen Ti-Na-Nog several times before in my life and I knew it was something or other Gaelic.

So I just looked it up and it turns out that.

Tír na nÓg

(that’s the Wikipedia way of spelling it, so I’m trusting it) is a “supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy.

It’s Irish Gaelic and it comes from an Irish story where a human man (Oisin) falls in love with a woman from Ti Na Nog (Niamh) and travels with her to the land on a magic horse that can fly across water.

After three years he becomes homesick and asks to go back to Ireland, but when he gets back to Ireland he finds that 300 years have passed, falls off his horse becomes very old as soon as he touches the soil and dies, but not before meeting Saint Patrick and rejecting Christianity.

For the full story, youtube provides:



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May Team Names

Ah, it took me a wee while this month to get round to doing this:

Team names at Dr Paul quiz during May 2017
Team names at Dr Paul quiz during May 2017

It’s team names which caught my eye during the month of May.

The standout weirdness is ‘SIBLINGS WITH BENEFITS‘.

They were at the Tolbooth one night.

Doesn’t that team name just give you the heebie jeebies?

The team were indeed a grown-up male persona and a grown-up female person. So you never know.

They were grinning, broadly. I couldn’t even stomach to ask them for the detail or the truth. Just in case it was real.

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Here’s Some Superheroic Pub Quiz Advice On The Worst Pub Quiz Names of All Time

Here’s a brilliant method which you can use to stop people thinking that you and your pals are arseholes.

STEP 1: choose a team name for the quiz.

No one likes you, Robin.

STEP 2: Check if it’s on this list of shite team names. If it is, then choose something else. Everyone has heard these fifty million times:


There are loads more and you can tell me them here or with #dpquiz. I’ll add them as I get them to leave this blog page as a lasting monument to awful pub quiz team names.

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Team Names of The Month (April)

This month it took me a while to get round to fixing up Aril’s best efforts. Here they are in my humble, unworthy, shitty little opinion.

If yours’ isn’t there it’s because I’m thick as mince and missed your obvious genius. Fight me.

Best pub quiz team names of April 2017
Best pub quiz team names of April 2017

Nice to see the dark side of town (Corstorphine) getting a shout-out. I never do quizzes out there, mainly because I never want to go there.Going to Corstorphine is how I imagine death. I’m in no hurry to experience it.

Apart from the zoo.

Mind you, the older I get, the worse I feel about the internment of animals, so even the zoo is shit. Not to mention the price, and the fact they’ve thinned out the animals for ‘welfare’, meaning that there’s only about six different animals in there now.

When I was a kid the animals crammed onto that hillside cheek-by-jowel like raisins in a fruit cake. And they had EVERYTHING. Like Noah’s Ark. It was awesome. And it was about ONE POUND to get in.

And if you couldn’t be bothered even paying a pound, you could easily climb over the fence/gate at the top of Corstorphine Hill.

Not only did this make the zoo free, it also meant that your progress through the animals was all downhill instead of the usual hike upwards.

Totez amazeballz, as none of us ever used to say.

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Stuff I Learned At The Quiz This Week

Maggie told me at the Joker & The Thief that a man in the USA died from choking on a donut during a donut eating challenge. This turns out to be true.

Detail: The donut was a half-pounder and the man 42 years old. His name was Travis. The prize for eating the donut is that you get the donut for free and you get a badge.

Travis was going great guns but halfway through, choked, started thumping the counter of the shop and then turned blue and collapsed. He died right there in front of a crowd that had just been cheering him on.

The article I read does not detail whether the donut shop sent the badge to his family anyway or, more likely, they would deem the challenge incomplete.

What else?

There was a team at the Safari Lounge last night called “Ornitorrincos“. what’s that? Turns out this is Spanish for “Platypus”.


Another team name at the Brass Monkey led to a surprising discovery. I thought “His Ding-A-Ling’s Up” was something to do with Chuck Berry but it turns out it’s a reference to a 1970s porn musical film titled: Alice In Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy.

I had no idea such a thing existed. The team name refers to a part of the film where the characters restore Humpty Dumpty’s failed erection. Now you know.

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Team Name Bonanza

Just to fill in Saturday, here’s a random selection of recent Pub Quiz Team Names from the Dr Paul Quizzes. If you’re in Edinburgh and can think of something better, come and join us.

The Cunts
Cunty Baws
Probably true
Genius insult
Regulars at the Joker
Sounds like a film quote, but don’t know
Brexit reaction
Dobber Time
This was literally true. I think he stayed for one round.

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