Australia’s most populous city is getting a new fleet of inner harbor ferries, one of which, due to an online naming poll, will be Ferry McFerryface. Why should we have expected any less?
The internet’s commitment to the [thing]y Mc[thing]face construction has been steadfast so far, beginning in 2016 with a British research vessel dubbed—under similar polling circumstances—Boaty McBoatface. That was the name Australia’s new ferry would have also borne, based on vote totals alone. But as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance—who probably had more important things to be doing—told ABC News Australia that “given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” which is apparently what people who live in Sydney call themselves. In fairness, “Chicagoans” sounds like your reporting a crime with a mouth full of pennies.
Three other ferries in the fleet will bear the names of distinguished locals—an opthamologist, a heart surgeon, and an obstetrician—and their legacies will be honored by carrying up to 400 passengers through the inner harbor alongside Ferry McFerryface.