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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Vanity Plates

I have mixed feelings about vanity plates. My ex-jackass husband had one and since he also had 4 maxed out credit cards, perhaps that is part of my problem - bad memories, you know?

Some vanity plates are cool or cute or funny. And some of them? Downright mystifying.

The one I saw on Saturday night (on a white Jaguar):


I'm guessing the driver was some kind of ENT specialist, but so? Would a proctologist have a vanity plate that read ANUS 4 YOU or UP YRS?

What's the strangest vanity plate you ever saw?


Blogger Kat said...

There are tons and tons of vanity plates in VA. There weren't as many in NC because they cost so much more there. Here are two of my in-laws TKLD PNK and LYN HRT. If I ever got a vanity plate, which I never will, it would be ICDEDPPL, can you guess what those three are?

July 25, 2006 3:06 PM  
Blogger liberalbanana said...

I went on a date with a guy whose SUV had the tags VDKAMAN or something - whatever it was, it was supposed to read "Vodka Man." He owned a Russian restaurant with his mother. (AWFUL date. AW.FUL.)

July 25, 2006 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Ginny said...


It stood for "Paragon" because the company driving the pick-up was called "Paragon Plumbing." Get it... "Pair of Gons."

(insert eye-roll here)

July 25, 2006 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Ginny said...

Oh shoot! Another good one I know of is RTFM (Read The Fuckin' Manual)

The person who got RTFM on her plates is an IT person, so it matched her. In order to get it on her plates she lied and told the license ppl that it stood for her kids' names Ralph, Tom, Frank, and Mary or some such nonsense.. ;-)

July 25, 2006 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Antique Mommy said...


Where? In Dallas of course.

July 25, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger Kai said...

I HATE the ones that say what the car is "BMW1" or "Jag5" like we didn't know what kind of car you had from looking at the CAR! Those really bug me

July 25, 2006 4:48 PM  
Blogger Kevin Charnas said...

I actually can't think of any at the moment, but do you hate Jesus or something? Is that why you don't have kids?


why am i surprised anymore, huh? why?

July 25, 2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

tickled pink, i see dead people and lion heart?

July 25, 2006 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Drunkenspaniel said...

We're a bit more restricted here in the UK for vanity plates because we have to have a combination of letters and numbers - but they still exist. They have to use a bit more imagination to spell words - like placing a 1 very close to a 3 makes it a letter B for example. Its quite illegal, of course, but that doesn't stop anyone.

July 25, 2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger Art Nerd Lauren said...

It is my friend's, she's a funeral director. Her dad is MBALMR 1. It's pretty much the only one I've ever seen that I get right off the bat, and I think it's at least clever.

July 25, 2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Maybe I need a smack. I was toying with the idea of getting vanity plates. LOL! Nothing stupid referencing my body, just the title of my fav song. Maybe I won't now. LOL!

I can't think of any dumb ones that I've specifically, but I know I've seen plenty. I will agree that the ones with the make of the car are stupid.

July 25, 2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger Lundie said...

I think the worst one I saw was "LEXURY". On a Toyota.

My poor best friend in HS tried to get a vanity plate "Mich 89" (we were class of '89), but her mom checked the "or closest available" and she ended up with "Mich 90". OUCH.

I actually still do have my vanity plate from my Senior year. "LUNDIE 1"

July 25, 2006 9:59 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Rachel, you got all three.

July 26, 2006 8:10 AM  
Anonymous DeAnna said...


On a Honda Accord. Because, of course, a cord of wood is 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet. Get it?

July 26, 2006 12:30 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...


July 26, 2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Vicki Culver said...

My husband, self-proclaimed "environmentalist," wanted to boast his love for the earth. So, he got a plate that read: Luv N8r

It's intended to say, "love nature," but on more than one occasion, people have mistaken it for "lovinator." A VERY different meaning, indeed!

July 26, 2006 5:35 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

Are you kidding? Who wants to make it easy for the cops to remember who you are when you're in a high-speed chase situation?

July 26, 2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger desiree said...

Here is why I do not like vanity plates: If I cut someone off by accident or so something stupid or some guy in traffic decided I am cute and he needs to stalk me the vanity plates make it just that much easier to be identified. Plus, really? Did I need to know that you are HT STFF or SXXXXY? Because you aren't. I have eyes.

July 26, 2006 6:21 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

ENRPTRD. It's supposed to be the word "enraptured" but no one got it. It was my ex's (cheater) license plate. People though it was intrepid but they were simply dumb.

My favorite was the proctologist from a "Seinfeld" episode whose plate got swapped with one of the character's. It read "ASSMAN."

July 26, 2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

I haven't seen any good ones lately. But I'm with nyc educator: vanity plates just make it easier to remember you after you leave the scene of an accident.

I'm kidding about that.

July 26, 2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger Lazy Lightning said...

I was going to mention the "ASSMAN" plate from Seinfeld.

Saw one recently around town that said "ICLNDIK". Maybe it is supposed to say "Icelandic", but to me, it says "I clean dick". Sex worker, anyone?

Also have seen a souped up Honda with
NSTG8TR (instigator) plates.

July 27, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger Veronica Mitchell said...

I didn't think I had anything for you until I saw this on the way to the store yesterday:
As near as I can tell, it's supposed to be a hip-hop "shi''in on you." Classy.

July 27, 2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Today I saw "FOX ATE" clue?

July 28, 2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

I know a mother of triplets whose plates say "3S ENUF".

July 31, 2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

This past weekend I saw K9 LVRS and I had to blog about it because it reminded me of this post.

Oh, and the ICLNDIK one is probably someone who owns Icelandic Horses. Just a guess.

August 01, 2006 7:36 PM  
Blogger INAMINI said...

I have personalized plates on my MINI Cooper- INAMINI (my name is Ina)

August 04, 2006 3:21 PM  

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