Why "Speaking in Plain Shamish"? A few years ago I was looking for a new catchy title for my blog and I wanted to incorporate my nickname "Shamish" (Shannon + Amish = Shamish). A friend of mine said "You know that old saying "Speaking in Plain English"? How about "Speaking in Plain Shamish" - The Amish are called the plain and it goes perfectly with Shamish! And wallah, there you have it!