Brushelot is the name given to the magical land where Tooth Collector Fairies live. You might think a name for a tooth fairy’s magical land would come easy but it didn’t. Originally, the name was to be Panteen – a little play on Peter Pan and Preteens. It was a wonderful name and quite cleaver, if you ask me. However, after a handful of people read a draft of the story and said, “I thought it was going to have something to do with hair,” I knew I had to make a change. It seemed the name Panteen was too similar to Pantene – the shampoo. Hmmm. Back to the drawing board.
After a long period of grieving the loss of this fabulous name, I found myself back to square one. How about Flossalot? Did you know there is a rapper named Flossalot? Really, there is. Can’t use that one. Brushalot came to mind. After a Google search I learned that name was already taken, as well.
How about simply changing the “a” to an “e” – to Brushelot? Brilliant idea. Now the question was, “Will that work?”
A Google search did not turn up any other usage of this word. Visually, the name reminded me of Camelot so I set out to research Camelot. Could there be a sensible reason to suggest a comparison between the word Camelot and Brushelot? My research revealed several interesting facts. First, Camelot, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a time, place, or atmosphere of idyllic happiness. So far so good. Second, I found that an Arthurian scholar named Norris J. Lacy wrote, “Camelot, located nowhere in particular, can be anywhere.” BINGO! I thought. This sounds exactly like the place where the tooth fairy’s magical land is located. And it was declared that its name shall be Brushelot!
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