The Oompa Loompas.
Amazing, perfect, ingenious character names from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, written by master storyteller Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago today.
And then, for reasons I will never understand, there was Mike Teavee, a boy addicted to television.
The worst character name in all of literature. The most blunt, overwrought, self-evident, unsubtle, uncreative name ever.
After all of those amazing, unforgettable character names, Dahl settles on Mike Teavee for a boy who loves TV?
Where was his editors when he needed them most?