I tried to name a gene I discovered after me Bry-1 (Bry-one get it!) but my boss said no. In my defense Bry – stood for bloc-related yeast! In worms there are strict naming guidelines and your new name has to be approved by the worm overlord.
In my field you can name techniques anything you like. The trick is to have an acronym that is easy to remember but plausible. My favorites are YACC – Yet another Compiler Compiler, and GNU – Gnu’s Not Unix.
Hi fang! There are different conventions for different fields. Like for equations and particles I think it is open season – I mean we have elementary particles named quarks! And the kinds of quarks are even sillier – up, down, top, bottom, charm, and strange (actually top and bottom used to be truth and beauty!!). So if I ever get to name an equation or something like that I’ll get to do what I want. I’ve actually made up names already, but nothing that really caught on 😉 However, I know for astronomy for example there are strict regulations from the International Astronomical Union that mandate the names of planetary bodies for example. So if you discover a moon around Uranus, you can’t name it just anything!!