Juli and Words Related To


This weekend, we saw a funny social media post about what your name means in the Urban Dictionary. I forget how lulz the UD is, it’s like an entire site of folks who couldn’t quite cut it at the Onion but is fine for the rest of us.

We started with Matt because I had seen a few funny definitions on the article about the names but when we looked, it started with “eternal sex-god.” Heh. Another one throws in that a Matt will make you feel like a princess when he’s with you (that actually has never happened) but when he’s not with you, you’ll know he’s making ANOTHER girl feel like a princess (also has never happened;)

I lolzed at the “a guy who will grab his female’s best friend’s ass because he knows he can get away with it.” I don’t even know who Matt’s female best friend is but I’m hoping she actually would NOT let him grab her ass.

From there, we went to my name. Now, originally, my name was spelled    J-U-L-I-E but when I was in elementary school, there were about 9 Julie’s and my 3rd grade teacher started giving us distinction’s. I was Julie-I and at some point in junior high I just dropped the ‘e.’ I had it made legal when I got divorced since our divorce was pretty low maintenance and it was easy to do the change (we shared the lawyer and got off pretty easy. I had a friend who got divorced about a year later and when she said it was costing her north of 50 grand so far I nearly fainted. 50 grand. To lawyers. Fuck that.)

Anyways. I’ve been Juli (no e) ever since. In 2003 my biological brother and I located our Hawaiian family, still living on Maui and the door was opened to our past. It seems my birth name was Carol Sue U’ilani Knapp. (You don’t need to google it, our birth mother told our Tutu that we were killed in a car crash in Victoria when the great state of Texas decided to take us away from her and adopt us out to three different families instead of, oh I dunno, fucking help her?!) I’ve read the news clipping of Carol Sue’s death, mind fuck times a billion.

However; ironically enough,  Julie/Juli and U’ilani have similarities in their actual meaning and I won’t lie, it’s comforting that even among two families who never knew each other, the universe took care of making sure there was a connection. Back in the day when I worked with the Texas crew, Rip would call U’ilani my “outer space name” (my Auntie gave me a beautiful Hawaiian pendent with my name on it that I wear proudly.) Shrug, some people don’t understand adoption. Not my problem.

The real Hawaiian meaning of U’ilani is Heavenly Beauty. (I do okay but I think that’s a bit overstated.) Really. The first UD definition of Juli is “the personification of beauty.” heeeeheee. Really, I look at the few pictures I have of my birth mother and then look at pictures of my daughter, yep, skipped a generation! Lulz. (No, I don’t want to hear ‘ooooo but u so purty.’) I’m fine. I do okay. My mother also had thick ankles, see how I’m okay she didn’t pass EVERYTHING on to me!

The fun of the Urban Dictionary meanings; however; comes in the section of “words related to…” section. Example, words related to Matt:


A couple of those are my most favorite words on the planet. True story.

Words related to Juli:


Ya, I’ll own those. Heh.

We started looked around at more ‘words related to’ some of our friend’s names…

Yvonne: And Sex Hole (uhhhhWhut?)

Jason: Fag (I’ll be completely honest here, I miss the word ‘fag.’ In the 70’s we could say basically any word that had the meaning of ‘dork’ and people understood that then. No more.)

Jasmine: Sexy*Pretty*Cool (you go girl.)

Mark: Hickey (I’m checking Victoria’s neck next time I see her!)

Amber: An exceptionally attractive pale young woman with beautiful freckles and a divine rack. (yes, I know it’s the full definition but it defines my Amber bestie to a T! So much so that I wonder if her hubby was the one who entered it. heeeee)

So social media has it’s place for fun. I guess. If you have an extra minute, check out your name instead of watching 4 minutes of crappy lifting videos on the Facebook. It’ll be worth your time.

Says Juli…cuz, ya know, Aphrodite was also known as Juli.


What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Mahatma Gandhi

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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